Mosel

The most well-known region for German white wines. The region covers the rivers Moselle, Saar and Ruwer.

1. The Land

The region is separated into Upper (Most sourthern close to the French and Luxembourg border), Middle (main wine growing region where villaged Bernkastel, Piesport and Zell are) and Lower Mosel (south of the city Koblenz). The climate is continental and consists of many steep slopes facing the Mosel river.

2. The Soil

The soils are mostly grey, blue and ted slate. Some parts of Upper Mosel has limestone soil.

3. The Produce

The most popular grape is Riesling. They are usually characterized by their low alcohol (6 – 11.5%) with lots of fruity and acidity. The region is also known for its peach liqueur.

Did you know?

- Mosel is full of history. Trier is the oldest city in Germany and was founded by the Empreror Augustus in 16th Century BC. The Thermal baths and amphitheater are under UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another beautiful city to visit is Koblenz and its churches.

- There are six wine districts, 19 collective vineyards and 524 single vineyards in the Mosel. The Mosel is considered by many to have some of the most labor-intensive vineyards in the world due to its steep slopes. Many workers have died tending the vines by falling down the slopes.

- Every year, the wine festival of the Middle Moselle takes place in early September in Bernkastel-Klues. There are many local wines and food to taste as well as music events. Wine festivals take place in various towns as well. For more information, go to http://www.mosellandtouristik.de/ and http://en.bernkastel.de/.

- The Mosel region has a rich variety of different cuisine. The region is popular with its meat dishes such as Tresterfleisch (Pork marinated in wine) and beef with tartar sauce. Potato is a staple diet and is cooked in many ways in the form of soup, dumplings and fritters. Smoked meats, apasragus, onions and leeks are also common. During wine festivals, baked trout and smoked eel are being offered.