Région de Guebwiller: route des vins et Grand Ballon

The village of Rimbach-Zell is located on a mountainside surrounded by forests, providing a picturesque backdrop, at just a few kilometres from Soultz (5km) and Guebwiller (8km).
At only two kilometres from the village, the departure point for numerous hiking and MTB trails provides many circuits adapted to all levels that can take you all the way to the Grand Ballon, the highest summit in the Vosges mountains (1424 metres).
The old houses are typical to the valley: built on a steep hillside, they have two ground levels with living quarters for people and rooms for agricultural and livestock activities under the same roof.
The Eglise Saint Pierre et Paul, built in the middle of the last century on the location of the old church dating from the XVth century, houses the remarkable organs built by Joseph Callinet in 1852.

Located on the wine route at the foothills of the Vosges mountains between the vineyard and the wooded hillsides, the commune of Soultzmatt-Wintzfelden benefits from the renown of its water and its wine. Guardian of the Valley Noble, thus called due to the many noble families that occupied this area in the XVth century, it houses vestiges of this era.

Soultzmatt is particularly famous for its spring waters. The Lisbeth bottling facility opens its doors to visitors interested in learning about its processes. The village takes its name from the presence of a spring with an acid and salty taste (Sulz: salt, Matte: meadow).

Also known for its Zinnkoepflé 'grand cru (vintage)', cultivated by almost twenty wine-growing families, Soultzmatt is an important stopover on the Alsatian wine route. The presence of the vine goes back to the XIXth century and the quality wines for ageing (gewurztraminer, riesling, pinot gris) regularly rewarded at competitions alongside the best wines in the world, are produced here.

The village also has the advantage of a warm and dry microclimate, conducive to the development of flora and fauna known to southern climes. The dry grasses at the summit of the Zinnkoepflé are listed Natura 2000 and are the delight of botanists who find rare and vulnerable species here. A 'green holiday centre' awarded with a 4th flower within the framework of the national competition of Villes et Villages Fleuris (Towns and Villages in bloom), Soultzmatt-Wintzfelden has actively promoted health tourism through the creation of numerous walking tours.

It has many highly esteemed citizens including the Namibian Ambassador Panduleni Shingenge, the filmmaker Francis Perrin, the actress Sophie Marceau, the comedian Dinah Faust, the singer Julie Pietri, the director André Zulawski, the two-time winner of the Tour de France Bernard Thévenet, Count Carlos Coll, a cousin of the King of Spain, Geneviève de Fontenay, president of the Miss Nationale et l’Alsacienne committee, and Laetitia Bleger, Miss France 2004.

Halfway between Colmar (24km) and Mulhouse (29km), the commune of Soultzmatt-Wintzfelden welcomes you on an exploration of nature, gastronomy and an authentic heritage.

Located on the wine route and nestled in the foothills of the Vosges mountains close to their highest summit, Soultz is mentioned for the first time in the year 667. Its name probably comes from the term "Sulza", which is evocative of the existence of a salt-water spring.
Thanks to the wine-growing industry, this city benefited from a prosperous Renaissance in the XVIth and XVIIth centuries, as can still be seen in the stately dwellings with turreted stairwells, oriels and buttresses.
This very pleasant town with 7,311 inhabitants will charm visitors with its narrow roads and throughout the length of the historic walking tour of old Soultz.
You will be entertained by stories of the lives of the famous people who lived in this town, like Georges Heckeren of Anthès whose, castle can be admired to this day and who confronted the Russian poet Pouchkine in a fatal duel.
This is a friendly town with accommodation, restaurants and shops and is the ideal holiday venue to discover the Vallée du Florival and its heritage.

Wuenheim is a very pleasant village that stretches from a small valley to the plain at the foot of the Vieil Armand mountain, close to the towns of Soultz (2km) and Guebwiller (7km). Located at 320 metres above sea level on the tourist itinerary of the wine route, the Wuenheim owes its growth to wine making.
75% destroyed during the First World War due to its proximity to the Vieil-Armand (Hartmannswillerkopf) battlefield, this community has made return to a peaceful existence and provides visitors with a friendly welcome with its many departure points for MTB and hiking trails.
Its wine museum is an important stop in discovering the wine-making heritage of the region. Here visitors can see how the working methods and tools for winemaking evolved from 1900 to the present. And why not follow up with a stroll along the wine-growers' trail at Wuenheim and learn about wine-making methods and the different grape varieties during this educational walking tour.