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

  • Burger Grape

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Pinot Blanc

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

  • Dornfelder

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

Popular Wineries in Mosel View all

  • Hans Eifel Winery

    The history of the wine growing family Eifel started in the year 1657. During this time Peter Eif...

  • Kerpen

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

  • Weingut Mönchhof

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

  • Graff Family Vineyards

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

  • Selbach-Oster

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

  • Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben

    The Mönchhof, formerly in the possession of the Cisterian abbey Himmerod, is one of the oldest Wi...

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Mosel on Snooth

  • Nein Lives Riesling 2013

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Forum post in the topic German Wines


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Thursday (possibly into and...


  • WRT to the Riesling taste off, the three of us (wife, father-in-law, self) only ... ... one was the better. The Mosel was just a touch sweeter at 71.9 g/L and the Montelena came in about 5 g/L residual sugar. One other thing is that the Montelena grapes are from the Potter Vineyard which I found out is in northern Mendocino, so at least it has... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thursday (possibly into and...


  • RBA, GregT, great lead in for my post. We did a little side by side last night ... and the foreigner was the Mosel Spatlese. Consensus was the Montelena came out fractions ahead with just a bit more complexity on the nose and on the palate. The Spatlese was on the dry side but you could detect just a touch of sweetness from the residual sugar.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thursday (possibly into and...


  • This is becoming an interesting topic, being diverse and yet ... Spatlese Trocken 2012 from Mosel, Germany.  The cheeses were quite nice, my favorite being the Garlic Brie.  They were all cow type cheeses - no sheep or goats milk used here.  Even the Limburger cheese was good and it wasn't a stinky version either.  Overall it was fun but I'm no... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thursday (possibly into and...


  • Relax Pinot Grigio 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Citrus nose, grapefruit palette. Nothing exceptional. Read More

    Wine review by ajpgphd


  • Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Josephshofer Riesling Kabinett 2011

    Snoothrank:

    (Past tasting 16 Jun 2013) Strong floral nose, with melon and pear on palate. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • 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...

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