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

  • Dornfelder

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Mosel View all

  • J&H Selbach Weinkellerei

    In our family, two businesses are under one roof: One is our prestigious “Weingut “, or, “Domaine...

  • Kerpen

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

  • Selbach-Oster

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

  • Weingut Mönchhof

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

  • Moselland

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

  • Carl Schmitt-Wagner

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

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  • Jist for THOI is searched through about 600 wines from Germany (Many of them ...  There were ZERO from Mosel.However, if I may deviate just a tad here, the following is one that I've 3 vintages of and like:Juris "Selection" St. Laurent Burgenland - The Stiegelmar family has been making wine in the town of Gols since 1571. Patriarch Georg was n... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for Mosel Reds

  • Zweigelt, Dornfelder, Regent, Spatburgunder, they do it. WS just did an article about German reds. I have not had many good ones.And from the Model? Are there such? Read More

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  • There is some decent spatburgunder to be had, but has to be had in Germany or Switzerland since it rarely makes it much further than that. Read More

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  • Same as Duncan's experience, had a Dornfelder that was less than pleasant, here's my tasting note: A tad on the sweet and syrupy side, with bright red cherries and some cotton candy. Medium to light body and medium to short finish. Reminds me a bit of a Nouveau Beaujolais but not as good.Although this may be very appealing to someone else. Read More

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  • I have only had one German red and it was horrible Read More

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  • Hi. I was recently going through my pictures from Germany along the Rhine in ... ... red wine there from the Mosel area. This wine tasted almost like fruit juice and was the best I had ever tasted. I don't remember the name and have been unable to find any wine that matched the flavor of that wine. Any suggestions as to where I might find som... Read More

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  • Schmitt Sohne Riesling Spatlese 2012


    Considering the source and the price point this was quite good - especially when paired with a freshly made fruit salad. Plenty of apple notes with citrus and associated sweetness. Clean cut acidity gives a refreshing mouthfeel to the finishj. Drink now - Paul 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Dr. Loosen Riesling Dr L Dry 2014


    As usual this was a superb example of how to take great grapes, make a ton of great wine and price it a price that everyone can enjoy. Green apples, citrus and lemon dominate the nose and palate leading to a wonderful finish that is both lengthy and mouthwatering. Drink now - drink forever. Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Welcome, rckr. Tell us more about how they drank.Richosea, would love to hear ... ... doing and tasting in the Mosel.OT, great snaps, hope to see more. Beautifully gnarly old vine Read More

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  • "Stainless steel wasn't even available until the 1960s"Good point ... out their favorite Rhein or Mosel winemaker with some custom tanks before WWII.Some notes on stainless steel's history from Wikipedia are given below. Not surprising to see that stainless steel silverware was one of its first applications.Can't help but wonder if anyone in Ch... Read More

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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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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