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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  • 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...

  • Burger Grape

  • Pinot Blanc

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

Popular Wineries in Mosel View all

  • Weingut Eifel Pfeiffer

    Wine-estate EIFEL-PFEIFFER is an old-established and family-run wine-estate in Trittenheim on the...

  • Carl Schmitt-Wagner

    The Carl Schmitt-Wagner winery winery is a German Riesling Winery from the Mosel which produces e...

  • Weingut Egon Müller-scharzhof

    “The quality of a wine is 100% made in the vineyard. In the cellar it is not possible to arrive e...

  • Graff Family Vineyards

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

  • Weingut Mönchhof

    Robert Eymael leads since 1994 the Wine Estate. Joke and humor paired with a quality-conscious...

  • St. Urbans-Hof

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

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Mosel on Snooth

  • Dr. H. Thanisch Muller-Burggraef Riesling Mosel Feinherb 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Peach, petrol and sage aromas with light citrus notes. There's a slight sweetness on the attack that crowds out the palate but mellows quickly into apricot and peach flavors. A bit of herb, green apple, and honeysuckle. The finish is clean Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dr. Loosen Doctor L Dr. L Riesling 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Dr. Loosen has attached his revered surname to this introductory wine and it ... ... - this slightly off-dry Mosel is a cut above the usual with a nice pear-like scent and apple-pear flavours. You could drink this all night at the appropriate (possibly youthful) venue. Good Mosel template at a good price. 87 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Dr. Loosen Riesling 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ennis1


  • Hi Just found this fantastic site, I am the owner and winemaker at Blaxsta wine ... ... in comparison to the Mosel-valleyThe vintages Vidal ice wine 2007, 2008 and 2009 all have received over 95p (Parker) and won gold at International wine challenges (Wine Masters Challenge, IWSC; etc)I am also a Chef and do the cooking at our awarded restaura... Read More

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  • Greg, second Donna's comment about the ad.  How the heck did you find ... Germany.  Ones from the Mosel region are pretty easy to find here in the U.S.  You may have to try a couple before you find wine with the exact profile you're seeking.  They can be made in any style from bone dry (Trocken) to dessert-wine swee Read More

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  • Nein Lives Riesling 2013

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    A great light, crisp but smooth everyday Riesling for just sipping, making a delicious summer Sangria or with fish/pasta dishes. Read More

    Wine review by tanyadee


  • Well Al, that all depends on you. The vintage wasn't too bad - they had ... names like Erste Lage in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region and Erstes Gewächs and Grosses Gewächs elsewhere. They're supposed to be the equivalent of Grand Cru designations in Burgundy, but whatever. They are picked at Spatlese level and fermented completely dry.To make thin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wines


  • So JD, GT or Diego, when should we drink that 2012 Dr. Thanisch Riesling Spatlese Trocken (Mosel) that we picked up in the 'Wines of Germany' wine / cheese class a few weeks ago?  Maybe a few more years or next week?  Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wines


  • Ohhh, german wines!! In my country it is almost impossible to find them. It is ... aficionado dreams to taste a mosel eiswei Read More

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  • OK, round 2 of the Riesling taste off. Tonight the Mosel Spatlese is showing way more of its sweet side but in a good way and the Montelena hasn't changed much in the last couple of days. There is definitely more difference between the two now but we're still a house divided with L liking the Napa wine and my preference leaning in the German dir... Read More

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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