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Visiting wineries in Alsace, what to expect?

We are spending 5 nights in Alsace with Eguisheim as our base, in May. It looks like there are many wineries right in that town, and certainly along the nearby wine route. What should we expect? Do we need appointments? Just walk in? We don't need to tour the vineyards, but we would like some commentary with tastings. Cost? Your recommendations or tips for finding good stops?

We will be there during the Ascension weekend. Our accommodations are booked, but otherwise wondering if we should worry about crowds.

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We based in Riquewihr. The first place below was very close to our apartment, the second one we stopped to chat with the vitner himself, who happened to be standing outside as we walked by. Tried a few samples, bought a couple of bottles of dry Cremant - excellent value. Many other places are open to visitors, in and around the villages. I can't remember the name of it, but as you walk up the main drag in Riquewihr, on the left hand side there is a tasting cavern/room down a short flight of stairs, selling a variety of wines from different wine makers.

https://www.dopff-au-moulin.fr/en/our-estate/visits-and-tastings/

https://www.alsace-agape.fr/en/the-estate/

We ate here in Eguisheim, the food good, the decor very nice:
https://www.caveau-eguisheim.fr/?lang=en

Try to fit Bergheim in to your itinerary, a small, non-touristy village with a few restaurants and lots of nice streets and buildings.

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During our visit during the Christmas market season 2 years ago we just walked in. Most wineries seemed to be more like tasting rooms with the vineyards and production done offsite (as least the several we visited/saw in Equisheim, Kaysersberg, Colmar, and Staufen, Germany).