Mosel Wine

The Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, now called simply the Mosel, is the best-known wine-producing region in Germany. It is legendary for its Rieslings -- there is nothing quite like them in the world.

Most of the vineyards in this region are on extremely steep slopes, some as high as 70 degrees. The combination between the very cool growing climate and the excellent exposure of these sloping vineyards produces wines that retain their delicacy and razor-like acidity, even when harvested late. Though about 15% (and rising) of the wines produced are dry, the tendency in the Mosel has been to balance this intense acidity with a bit of residual sugar.

The Mosel can be divided into the Lower Mosel, the Middle Mosel, and the Saar and Ruwer. The Lower Mosel has the most unforgivingly sloping vineyards and the greatest percentage of Riesling vines. Here, blue Devonian slate, red slate, and quartzite give the wines their distinctive minerality. The Middle Mosel has the greatest number of top vineyards. The Saar and Ruwer Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Mosel View all

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Dornfelder

    History of the grape: Dornfelder was created in 1955 by German oenologist August Herold at the Weinsberg wine institu...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Burger Grape

Popular Wineries in Mosel View all

  • Markus Molitor

    The Markus Molitor winery currently holds 38 hectares of vineyard, of which 4,5 hectares are in t...

  • Moselland

    It is a vital to us that we have control over producing our own grapes. From grape to finished wi...

  • Selbach-Oster

    At Weingut Selbach-Oster we can trace wine-growing in the family back to the year 1660. We gro...

  • Graff Family Vineyards

    The grapes for these wines come from the small Graff and Antle vineyards on the Chalone Bench wit...

  • Kerpen

    Wine growing has been in our family for eight generations or almost 250 years. Over this period, ...

  • St. Urbans-Hof

    Although vineyards had belonged to the Weis family for centuries, Nicolaus Weis (vintage 1905,...

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Mosel on Snooth

  • Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Josephshofer Riesling Kabinett 2012

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    (Past tasting 25 Nov 2013) Silvery sheen. Lemony with honey notes. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Shine Heinz Eifel Riesling 2012

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    White holiday spice and fig aromas with tea leaf and banana on the nose. Bordering on off-dry, this is still a dry wine with a hint of sweetness driven by white grape and peach juice, allspice and star anise. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bethel Heights Chardonnay Estate Grown 2012

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    Nice and smooth. Light. Read More

    Wine review by runningbear


  • Dr. Pauly Bergweiler Wehlener Riesling Spatlese 20 2009

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    Classic Riesling aromas of petrol, honeysuckle and fresh mountain air. There's a bit of dissolved CO2 in the bottle, giving an added freshness to this already lively bottle, hints of floral sweetness grace the palate but they're balanced well by a zippy acidity, green apples and apricots. Fans of German Riesling will not be disappointed - this i... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Reverchon Saar Riesling Riesling Tracken 2012

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    A Lot 18 Quarterly Selection. A strange, but not unpleasant meaty/yeasty/umami taste/smell. Crisp green apple and a bit of lime, full mouth feel, and long finish. Off dry and good acidity. Had this alone, but image it would be quite good with food. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Josephshofer Riesling Kabinett 2011

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    Bright golden color with clear evidence of fizz as it hits the glass. Golden raisins and peach are carried on notes of gasoline into your nose. Tiny bubble-rich green apples and lemon shortbread cookies cascade along the palate. A sweet, lime-drenched finish. A classic low-alcohol German Riesling fit for any and every Sunday Brunch celebration. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Nahe Kreuznacher Kronenberg Riesling Spatlese Riesling Nahe 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by Andrew Kondrashov


  • Dr. Lossen Dr. L Mosel Riesling 2012

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    8.5% Alcohol, Crisp Green Apple Pear, Honey Dew Melon Fruit, a bit on the sweet side rather than dry. A bit of unfired Clay smell taste. Silky mouth feel, but great with Spicy Food. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Starling Castle Riesling 2012

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    Crisp light fruity, not normally a white wine fan but love this one! Read More

    Wine review by bencj


  • Hey Snooth community. I've visited this site a few times over the years and ... ... rose's and blends, Mosel region whites, and big-bodied cabs. Looking forward to chatting with you all! -DNa Read More

    Forum post in the topic Greetings from DTLA


  • I recently tasted the products of Schlackamp-Desoye;are the available in the U.S. ?

    Comment by 1399099Snoother 1399099 1399099 Snoother 1399099


  • Very good wine, I loved the hint of fruit. Yum Yum

    Comment by 727332Wine for us 727332 Wine for us


  • There is not just Loosen on the Mosel (Saar-Ruwer)! Loosen has pretty good wines but there are undiscovered and underappreciated wineries on the Mosel-Saar and Ruwer which I would love to see get tasted here! Unfortunately wineries are discovered with a very narrow flashlight. I wish somebody would make the light on in the cellar so we see all t...

    Comment by 269550winelover12345 269550 winelover12345


  • I have a bottle of traben-trarbach-wolfer 1976. Is it drinkable?

    Comment by 648025BaronVonBaron 648025 BaronVonBaron


  • I HAVE A 1989ER MERLER SETTGARTEN. USAF JUDGE ADVOCATE WINE BOOTLE. ITS BOTTLED BY MOSEL SAAR RUWER 750 ML. ANYYBODY HAVE INFO ABOUT THIS BOTTLE. CAN SEND PIX IF NECESSARY. THANKS, RAY

    Comment by 518454AFJAG52 518454 AFJAG52


  • Trying to locate a place to purchase either Fritz Zimmer 2008 Reisling Spatlese (German Wine) or Late Harvest Peter Brum sopatlese white wine. We are located in Kansas. Any help would be appreciated.

    Comment by 490162Dwh1358746 490162 Dwh1358746


  • Yum yum the nicest wine ive ever tasted

    Comment by 442289SiobhanRyan 442289 SiobhanRyan


  • The riesling - Straw yellow color. Flint, nectarine, and grapefruit aromas follow through to a tangy light-to-medium body of green apple and peach flavors with a crisp apple pectin fade.

    Comment by 420471alholden 420471 alholden


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  • I had this wine on a cruise in 2008 and it was and still is the best Riesling I've ever tasted. And the bouquet will leave an impression for a long time. Everyone at our table loved it and we came home and started trying to track it down. It's very hard to find. We ordered a case through a distributor in New Jersey, but can't find it anywher...

    Comment by 371710L8Bloomer 371710 L8Bloomer


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