Alsace is in the north eastern section of France, up against the German border. It is separated from the rest of France by the Vosges mountains. Because of its location, Alsacian wines have many German traits. One of the similarities is in the the way the wines are named. Alsace is one of the only French areas to name their wines after the grape used, for example Gewurztraminer or Riesling, instead of by a region.