Regions and Appellations Germany Mosel

Mosel Wine

Mosel is the most famous of Germany's 13 official wine regions, and also the third largest in terms of production. As with many German regions, it is most aasociated with a range of wine styles made from the Riesling grape variety, but Müller-Thurgau is also widely planted.

The best Mosel Riesling wines are some of the finest whites in the world. Light and low in alcohol, they can be intensely fragrant with beguiling floral and mineral notes, and a wonderful balance of sweetness and acidity.

The Mosel and its vineyards

The region follows the path of the Mosel river from its confluence with the Rhine river near Koblenz, upstream and south-west to Germany's border with Luxembourg and France. This region also includes the Saar and Ruwer tributaries, and was formerly known as Mosel-Saar-Ruwer until August 2007, when the name was officially shortened to Mosel.

Some of the famous wine villages along the valley include Bernkastel, Brauneberg, Erden, Graach and Piesport, to name but five. Furthermore, the region boasts some of the finest and most picturesque vineyards in Europe.

The Romans planted the first vineyards along the Mosel river and the city of Trier around the second century. Today, this region is known for its steep slopes overlooking the rivers, on which the vineyards are planted.

Bremmer Calmont, located in the town of Bremm, has an incline of up to 68°. It has often been cited as the steepest vineyard site in the world, though the Engelsfelden vineyard in the Bühler Valley (Bühlertal) in the Baden region is documented at 75°.

The Mosel has a very cool, northern continental climate, and such slopes are very effective in optimizing the vines' exposure to sun, facilitating the ripening of the grapes. The best sites also take advantage of the solar radiation reflecting off the rivers' surface and onto the vines, and the dark slate soil's ability to absorb heat during the day and radiate it back to the vines at night.

In summer the weather is warm, but certainly not hot, with an average July temperature of around 65ºF (18ºC). A long growing season helps develop the intense flavors in the Riesling grapes while keeping potential alcohol levels low.

One disadvantage of such steep vineyard sites is that they are inaccessible to machinery, meaning as much as seven times the amount of manual labor is required to tend them, compared to level vineyards.

In winter, rain washes slate from high on the hillsides down to the rivers, and vineyard workers must gather it and carry it back up to the vineyards, where its heat-retaining properties are required. Occupational safety is a major issue on the very steep sites, and fatalities among vineyard workers have been known.

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Most Popular Mosel Wine

Based on search frequency, updated monthly
Wine Name
Grape
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Mosel, Germany Riesling 716th 96 $15,163
Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany Riesling 811th 91 $115
Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany Riesling 941st 93 $63
Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Spatlese, Mosel, Germany Riesling 991st 94 $196
Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany Riesling 1,076th 94 $538
Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese, Mosel, Germany Riesling 1,333rd 93 $51
Loosen Bros Dr. L Riesling, Mosel, Germany Riesling 1,729th 88 $12
Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel, Mosel, Germany Riesling 1,856th 95 $116
Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany Riesling 2,210th 92 $43
Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany Riesling 2,504th 94 $84
Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany Riesling 2,548th 91 $37
Egon Muller 'Scharzhof' Riesling, Mosel, Germany Riesling 3,005th 90 $53
Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany Riesling 3,266th 91 $33
Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel, Mosel, Germany Riesling 3,482nd 92 $65
Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese, Mosel, Germany Riesling 3,682nd 92 $44
Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese, Mosel, Germany Riesling 3,710th 92 $41
Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany Riesling 4,547th 92 $51
Markus Molitor Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany Riesling 4,557th 95 $93
Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spatlese, Mosel, Germany Riesling 4,656th 92 $40
Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel, Mosel, Germany Riesling 4,656th 95 $1,623
Moselland Ars Vitis Riesling, Mosel, Germany Riesling 5,182nd 87 $13
Carl von Schubert Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese, Mosel, Germany Riesling 5,289th 92 $32
Weingut Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany Riesling 5,415th 90 $36
Wwe Dr. H. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany Riesling 5,480th 90 $48
Schloss Lieser-Thomas Haag Lieserer Niederberg Helden Riesling Spatlese, Mosel, Germany Riesling 5,555th 92 $24
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