This picturesque region follows the steep valleys of the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer Rivers that flow north toward the Rhine. It is home to the some of the most beautiful, delicate and age worthy Rieslings in the world. 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 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 Kabinet, 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.
JOH. JOS. PRUM
Joh. Jos. Prüm is an esteemed German wine producer based in Bernkastel-Wehlen, in the Mosel region. The Prüm family have been growing grapes and making wines in Wehlen for over 400 years. Founded in 1911 by Johann Josef Prüm, the estate was managed from the 1920’s onwards by Johan’s son Sebastian who established the estate’s wine styles and reputation for quality during the 1930s and 1940s. Although Sebastian died in 1969, the family continues to run the business to this day. The estate has 14 acres of some of the finest Mosel vineyards including Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Graacher Himmelreich, Bernkasteler Lay, Bernkasteler Badstube and Zeltinger Sonnenuhr sites. Only Riesling is grown and harvested to produce prized Prädikat wines. The wines of JJ Prüm have a reputation for being elegant and racy with intense flavour, exquisite balance and great longevity. The estate is a member of the prestigious Großer Ring Verband Deutscher Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter (VDP).