Journey along Germany's magnificent Mosel
Friday, June 20, 2014 in News
The Mosel is Germany’s most famous wine region home and is home to some of the most beautiful, delicate and age worthy Rieslings in the world. This picturesque region follows the steep valleys of the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer Rivers that flow north toward the Rhine. Due to limitations of the landscape, the region has only 8800 ha of vines, mostly growing in steep terraced vineyards anchored on thin slatey soils. The rocky soils absorb the essential warmth that this cool marginal region requires to ripen the fruit.
Many wines from the Mosel are produced according to the Prädikatswein classification based on the ripeness of the grapes at harvest and the style of wine produced. Although dry styles are made, the region is best known for sweeter wines that range from the lightest Kabinett, to Spätlese, Auslese to the very sweet botrytis dessert wines of Beerenauslese (BA) and Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA). The sweet and delicate, perfumed wines tend to be low in alcohol 6-9% with nervy acidity and slatey mineral undertones. The best vineyards are found around the villages of Piesport and Bernkastel.
Top producers in the region include Dr. Loosen, Egon Müller, Fritz Haag, J.J Prüm, Markus Molitor, Reinhold Haart, Selbach-Oster and Von Schubert (Maximin Grünhaus).
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