Date: 1970s (circa) France
Dimensions: 34 x 25 inches (86.5 x 63.5 cm)
This is an original vintage pictorial map of the Alsace region of France, on the border of Germany in the northeastern part of the country.
The map shows the wine-producing areas of Alsace that lie between the Vosges mountains in the west and the Rhine river in the east. The vineyards’ altitudes of 175-420m provide a good balance between temperature, drainage, and sun exposure for wine production. The wine produced in the region is mostly white wine, and is known for producing some of the most noted dry Rieslings in the world.
The left third of the map shows the Middle German style houses of the area, shown above a group of dancers in traditional Alsatian dress next to a barrel of grapes. The middle third shows the areas of wine production, highlighting cities like Strasbourg, Colmar, and Mulhouse. The right third of the map shows a vineyard in an expressionistic mix of greens, blues, oranges, and yellows, shown above more dancers in traditional dress holding a ribbon and bunches of grapes. At the top is the title text “Les vignobles de France” (“The vineyards of France”), and at the bottom is the subheading “Vins d’Alsace” (“Wines from Alsace”).
Sopexa is an international communications and marketing company headquartered in Paris. Founded in 1961, they provide marketing assistance to food and beverage companies. This series of wine maps were produced by Sopexa in collaboration with the Comité National des Vins de France in the 1970s.
Condition: Map is in A condition with full margins, bright colors and linen-backed for preservation and presentation purposes.
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