Ribeauvillé Local Customs

  • If you meet a wild boar, feed it.
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  • Pfifferdaj Festival
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    Pfifferdaj Festival

    by robertbaum Updated Jan 29, 2013

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    On the first Sunday of September, the Fiddlers’ Festival (Pfifferdaj) celebrates the “day of the fifes” in Ribeauvillé. This is one of Alsace’s oldest festivals when travelling musicians used to gather in the town to pay homage to their suzerain. The brotherhood of musicians grew so strong during the Middle-Ages that it became a corporation whose statutes were recorded by the Council of Colmar.

    The Brotherhood of the Minstrels (Confrérie des Ménétriers), first mentioned in 1390, operated under the protection of the lords of Ribeauvillé.

    Since 1481, the fiddlers’ brotherhood has met in Ribeauvillé in order to elect their king.

    Today, the lively celebration has evolved into a folk festival with a historic procession of floats depicting a series of plays on medieval life. Hundreds of actors dressed in authentic medieval costumes are surrounded by a host of street entertainers, jugglers and fire-eaters. Each year, a different theme linked to the Middle Ages gives rhythm to the event. A free wine-tasting takes place at the fountain near the Town Hall.

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    Osterberg wines

    by traveloturc Written Jul 12, 2007

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    Long renowned, the Osterberg is mentioned in documents dating from the Middle Ages, when the nobles of Ribeau-pierre owned vineyards on this slope.The Osterberg is ideally suited to Riesling, Gewurztraminer and to Tokay Pinot Gris.
    Typical characteristics :
    A wine which ages particularly well, the Riesling develops a powerful body, an aroma of great finesse and the famous "old Riesling" taste. The Gewurztraminer and Tokay Pinot Gris are rich and powerful, with lots of elegance and finesse. They also will age extremely well.

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    Kirchberg wines

    by traveloturc Written Jul 12, 2007

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    Mentioned for the first time in 1328 by the famous historian Medard Barth, the Kirchberg is located on one of the finest sites. Wines produced on this slope have long been commercialised with the Kirchberg appellation.
    Typical characteristics :
    Great finesse and well-structured body : Alsace Grand Cru Kirchberg wines share an elegant bouquet, which develops remarkable aromas with time, distinctive of calcareous marl soil.

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    Geisberg wines

    by traveloturc Written Jul 12, 2007

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    Geisberg wines have been commercialised since ancient times, but the first written reference to this site dates from 1308, according to the historian Barth,
    and it is listed among the original named vineyards catalogued by H. Erhart in his study of the Alsace vineyards published in 1939.
    Typical characteristics :
    An excellent wine to keep, Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Geisberg in time attains a powerful body, an elegant bouquet, and the celebrated "taste of old Riesling" which is greatly sought-after by connoisseurs.

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    Festivities

    by traveloturc Written Jul 12, 2007

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    Vine: Route des Vins d'Alsace, very active wine cooperative. Grands Crus Wines " Geisberg ", " Kirchberg ", " Osterberg ".
    Horticulture, cereals, orchards, bee-keeping.
    Folk festival of the " Kougelhopf " 2nd Sunday of June.
    Mediaeval Market on August 18th.
    Wines Fair prior the last weekend of July.
    Local fair 4th Sunday of August, 1st and 2nd Sundays of September.
    " Fiddlers' festival" or " Pffiferdaj ", ancient traditional clothing, parade of floats : 1st Sunday of September.
    Pilgrimage of Our Lady of Dusenbach on 2nd Sunday of September.
    Ancient Music Festival : Informations : Tél. + 33 3 89 73 20 00 - Fax + 33 3 89 73 37 18.

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