Vineyards thread across the foothills of Alsace, a region nestled in France’s northeast corner between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River. Villages with timber-framed houses and brasseries nod tenderly to the region’s agricultural past. They are the hidden pearls of Alsace, each telling its history through gastronomy and savoir faire.
Wingen-sur-Moder is one such gem. On the surface, the tiny hamlet on the Moder River may seem like an unexpected place to find one of France’s most exclusive villa hotels and three-star Michelin chefs, Jean-Georges Klein. But in fact, Wingen-sur-Moder is where René-Jules Lalique established his crystal-making factory and home nearly a century ago. It’s also where Silvio Denz, chairman and CEO of Lalique, found the inspiration to transform the provincial villa into a luxury hotel, food and wine destination while paying homage to the iconic crystal brand.
“I wanted to combine French savoir faire, epitomized by Lalique’s craftsmanship, with French savoir…
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