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An A to Z of wine-growing regions
The Moselle wine region, Moselle loop

The Moselle wine region: riesling at its best

The Moselle, Saar and Ruwer rivers twist and turn in narrow loops through countryside where the Celts and Romans first cultivated wine 2,000 years ago. As a wine region, the Moselle is the oldest in Germany and the largest with vines on steep slopes. Terraced hillsides and precipitous slopes, which face either south or south-west, create beneficial microclimates for wine grapes but also rare plants and animals. The sublime rieslings grown in these conditions in the Moselle, Saar and Ruwer vineyards rank among the finest white wines in the world with their wonderful mineral notes.

Regional characteristics

Area under vine and grape varieties

Soil types

Climate

Growers and cooperatives

Character

Highlights from the wine region

The Moselle’s meandering journey begins in the southern Vosges mountains in France. The river has many a fascinating tale to tell – as will you after enjoying this cycle route.

The German section of the international Velo Tour Moselle takes you on a journey of richly varied scenery along predominantly level cycle paths. Trier is home to a number of impressive Roman monuments. At Schweich the Moselle starts cutting its way through the Rhenish slate mountains, twisting and turning through the ever-narrowing valley. Cultural highlights along the way include the famous wine ship in Neumagen-Dhron and the Middle Moselle Roman wine presses. Numerous castles, including Burg Arras and Burg Metternich, are tucked away in romantic side valleys. The route ends in Koblenz where the Moselle flows into the Rhine.

Terrain: an international long-distance cycle route running predominantly on asphalt paths, farm tracks and old towpaths over mainly level terrain. Also suitable for trailers from Thionville (France) onwards.

Scenery: the Moselle countryside is characterised by the river’s many twists and turns, its steep valleys and its terraced vineyards. The cycle paths run between the banks of the river and the vineyards and pass through winemaking villages.

Authentic art nouveau details merge with contemporary luxury at the Romantik Jugendstilhotel Bellevue in Traben-Trarbach. There are 68 home-from-home rooms, junior suites, suites and mini-apartments. Experience the allure of the belle époque in our multi-award-winning gourmet Claus-Feist restaurant and enjoy exclusive wines from the region in a perfect setting with views of the Moselle.

The biggest Roman wine press north of the Alps, where the Romans trod the grapes to make Moselle wines, was discovered in 1985 during a vineyard restructuring scheme. The fourth century site, which measures 44 by 20 metres, came to light at the foot of the famously steep Piesporter Goldtröpfchen vineyard.

Even on the Moselle, slopes do not get any steeper than this. The Calmont is the most precipitous vineyard in Europe with a gradient of up to 60 degrees. The cliff face between the Moselle villages of Bremm and Ediger-Eller is over 290 metres high. It was formed 400 million years ago in the Devonian period and consists of denuded slate, quartzite and greywacke rocks.

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