Enjoy the Mosel Wine Valley
Enjoy the Mosel Wine Valley
While many around the world associate Germany with its world-class beer and rightfully so, Deutschland is also home to some of the best wine this side of the pond. With 13 wine regions in a country that geographically could fit into Texas two times over, you don’t have to stray far to find a good glass of grapes.
Mosey Over to Mosel
Germany’s third-largest wine region runs along the beautiful Mosel River where the Riesling grape grows in natural abundance. Mosel’s Rieslings are often light, crisp and flowery. If you’ve turned your nose up at Rieslings in the past because you associate them with that overly sweet flavor, you’re in luck. Most of Germany’s Rieslings are on the dry, “Trocken” side. If you’re a wine novice, dry doesn’t refer to the sensation on your tongue after a sip, but rather the lack of residual sugar.
While 60% of Mosel’s wine production is Riesling, red wine lovers should not despair. Mosel’s wine valley does produce a Blue Pinot Noir (“Blauer Spätburgunder”). This red gem is dry with a fruity and aromatic finish. It’s a great option if you’re not a fan of heavy red wines.
Where to Wine
While wine festivals have been postponed until next year and tastings are up in the air, any of Mosel’s many wineries are worth a visit, even to just marvel at their beauty afar or support local wineries by picking up a bottle in their shops. There is no wrong answer to the question, “Which one should we go to?”
The City of Vine and Wine, Bernkastel-Kues, is an absolute must-stop in the Mosel wine region. I highly recommend visiting the doctor first, Dr. Loosen. These vineyards have been family-owned for 200 years and have produced world-famous and award-winning Rieslings. The winery itself sits right on the banks of the river with a stunning backdrop of rolling hills filled with hundreds of rows crawling with the best grapes in the region. This winery loves visitors and hosts tastings but you have to book ahead of time.
A ten-minute drive west along the Mosel will take you to Max Ferd. Richter Winery. It’s another picture-perfect vineyard on the banks of the river. Founded in 1680, this winery has been in the family for ten generations spanning 300 years. Turning good grapes into fine wine is a dominant gene passed on through the years. While they are well known for their Rieslings, keep an eye out for their “Eiswein.” No, it’s not a wine slushie but it’s okay if that’s where your mind went. This is a sweet dessert wine made from grapes frozen while on the vine. You can enjoy a tasting on-site or order from their online store.
I think we can all agree 2020 has been a very tough year. But it’s put a lot of things in perspective. While we may not be able to stand amongst gobs of people surrounding tourist attractions like the Eifel Tower or the Colosseum, we can, however, share a glass of fine Riesling with family and friends, toasting six-feet apart with wine grown in the Pfalz’ backyard.
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