Mosel German Wines
(French: Moselle) This river runs almost directly south to north in central Germany, joining the Rhine at Coblenz. Although the intricacies of its detailed winding make it extraordinary to follow, that explains why the wines from adjoining vineyards may be so different from each other – their outlook can be opposite. The slate topsoil of the best vineyards and the preponderance of the Riesling grape account for the quality and delicacy of the finest wines. Which can achieve greatness in certain years, and which invariably give pleasure. It is probably true that the Mosel wines are the easiest German wines for the beginner to like. Because of their freshness and elegant fruitiness; they also appeal to the knowledgeable because of their naturalness and the way in which they can vary, and they also succeed in producing the great auslese and beerenauslese wines from the greatest estates. The river is beautiful throughout and the towns and villages very picturesque.
Some of the outstanding vineyards to the north are: Zell, Lei wen, Neumagen, Trittenheim, Dhron, Erden, Piesport, Brauneberg, Bernkastel, Graach, Wehlen, Zeltingen, Uerzig, Traben-Trarbach and Enkirch. There are many site names within the vineyards, of which probably the most famous is the Doktor vineyard, above Bernkastel. Other great sites are Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Piesporter Goldtropchen and Graacher Himmelreich. Some of the most renowned owners in the region are: the Bischofliches Konvikt, Vereinigte Hospitien, Bischofliches Priesterseminar, all in Trier; J. J. Priim of Wehlen, Berres of Uerzig, Freiherr von Schorlemer of Lieser; Thanisch, Kesselstadt, and the State Domain. The finest wines come from the Middle Mosel (Mittelmosel), although those from vineyards above Trier (Upper Mosel) and those below Alf-Bullay (Lower Mosel) can be very pleasant drinks.
Mosel wines, and the wines of the Saar and Ruwer, which are tributaries of the Mosel, are all presented in elongated green bottles. If tradition is being followed, the glasses in which they are served may have green stems. The very finest wines, served in their homeland, may be offered in Treviris glasses; these, made in Trier, have rather shallow bowls, with a particular pattern of cutting on them. It is also traditional to offer the finer of two great wines in a smaller glass. Although the lesser Mosels can be served most agreeably with certain foods, the very fine wines are possibly at their most enjoyable when served quite by themselves, or, when the sweeter wines are offered, with a few slightly sweet biscuits or dessert fruit. Then their delicate flavour and beautiful bouquet can be fully appreciated.