Germany - Principal Wine Regions - Mosel

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What is Mosel famous for? Where is it located?

  • Best-known German wine region
  • World's greatest Rieslings
  • One of the most northerly wine producing region in Germany

Describe the growing environment of Mosel (climate, soil). What is the impact on the price?

  • The best vineyards are on the steep, south-facing slopes overlooking the Mosel river which enjoy the best sun exposure and, to a much smaller extent, sunshine reflected from the river.
  • Steep sites mean expensive vineyards and labour intensive.

  • The dark-coloured slate soil also plays an important part in radiating heat.
  • The slate soils come in a variety of colours – grey, blue, brown and red – and producers are increasingly interested in how subtle differences can influence the characteristics and aromas of their wines

The Mosel region is generally split into three sections, which are these and how do the differ?

  • Upper Mosel
  • Middle Mosel; largest, majority of vineyards.
  • Lower Mose
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Name some famous vineyards in the Mosel region.

Village mentioned first, then vineyards in brackets):
  • Brauneberg (Juffer, Juffer-Sonnenuhr)
  • Erden (Treppchen, Prälat)
  • Graach (Himmelreich, Domprobst)
  • Ürzig (Würzgarten)
  • Wehlen (Sonnenuhr)
  • Bernkastel (Doctor)
  • Piesport (Goldtröpfchen).

(Note, on a wine label the Einzellage name would be presented as,
for example, Bernkasteler Doctor.)

Mosel Rieslings differ from the other regions, how? What reputation does Mosel also have in wine style?

  • Mosel Rieslings are paler in colour, lighter in body, with lower alcohol and higher acidity and have pronounced floral and green fruit aromas.
  • The balance of acidity and flavour intensity gives these wines potential for long bottle ageing.
  • Whilst drier wines are now increasingly produced, Mosel has a strong reputation for producing sweeter styles of wine in the Kabinett, Spätlese and Auslese categories and also for sweet Rieslings.
  • The winters are almost always cold enough to produce Eiswein

The World's largest producer of riesling is based in Bernkastel, Mosel region. Who is this and how much do they produce?

Moselland co-operative, 20% of the region's production.

Mosel has two tributaries, which are they and what impact does this have on the wine styles.

  • Saar and Ruwer rivers
  • The best vineyards are located in the sheltered side valleys of these rivers, with south, south-east and south-west aspects.
  • Due to the slightly higher altitude of the vineyards, temperatures are a little lower in the Saar and Ruwer than in the Middle Mosel and acidity levels in the wines can be even higher.

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