Despite the weather (rain again!) we decided to explore some of the nearby towns along the Route des Vins. Our first stop was the town of Riquewir. We were surprised by the number of people but what do you do on a wet Sunday morning. The town like Kaysersberg was a well preserved medieval and Renaissance city. We entered the town by main gate way. We noticed to our left in the former Dukes of Wurtemberg castle the Alsace Postal History Museum and they allowed dogs inside. We spent a happy hour out of the rain learning about the history of the Alsace postal service. It was an excellent little museum.
By the time we came out the rain had eased so we explored the rest of the town with its many half-timbered buildings. Again a nice place to wander around but a bit more touristy.
We carried on along the route to the village of Hunawihr with its evocative church surrounded by vineyards.
We continued through further small villages some more or less pretty to the main town of Ribeauville. Again a pleasant place to wander around surrounded by vineyards and with three castles on the hills above. As well as exploring the streets we visited the local co-operative wine museum and learnt about the grapes and the wines produced in the area.