A racy little riesling in a rummer glass – the Moselle Wine Route

Wine tasting amidst beautiful surroundings – what could be more enjoyable? The 242km Moselle Wine Route, marked with signs bearing three bunches of grapes and a letter 'M', runs through the winding Moselle valley from the western town of Perl to Koblenz, where the Rhine and Moselle rivers converge.

It goes without saying that the route, flanked on every side by internationally acclaimed winegrowing villages and breathtaking vineyards with familiar names, passes through a winegrowing region. But this isn't just any winegrowing region – the Palatinate region is one of the largest steeply sloped winegrowing regions, with more than 5,300 hectares of riesling vines and – with a 65-degree gradient, the steepest vineyard in the world at Bremmer Calmont. The meandering Moselle carves its way through this romantic countryside, whose stunning, vineyard-covered slopes are liberally strewn with castles and palaces to form a natural, vine-garlanded amphitheatre of sorts. Here, where Mother Nature provides the twists and rustling vines jostle for space on slopes crowned with castles and palaces, visitors can experience a rich sense of spiritual well-being. This snaking valley, hewn through the rock over thousands of years, is a unique, open-air museum of culture. It was home to Germanic tribes, but the Celts and Romans also left behind a number of architectural and cultural monuments, most of which can still be visited today. Wine festivals, antiquity festivals, the Moselle Music Festival, rustic pressing houses and vintners' taverns: so many reasons to take a good, long look at the Moselle Wine Route. But if you want to really experience the Moselle valley and get to know more about wine growing, grape varieties and the various vineyards, the best way to do it is on foot or by bike.

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