Majestic riesling on steep slopes

The vineyards along the Moselle get steeper and steeper as the river winds in both narrow and wide curves through the rocky valley from Trier to Koblenz. The vineyards on the Moselle are soaked in sunshine, and what the sun cannot do, the flinty soil can. Here, riesling is the king of the grapes. The vines that grow on the slopes produce wines with delicate fruitiness and minerality. The colour of the riesling grape ranges from greenish to golden yellow. The bouquet is reminiscent of peaches, apricots and roses.

The loop in the Moselle at Bremm is one of the loveliest detours the river takes. It is difficult to imagine a more exclusive location for the little wine-making village of Bremm. Half-timbered houses huddle on the narrow strip of land between the Moselle and the vines. The natural setting is also superlative, and with a gradient of 65 per cent, Bremmer Calmont is the steepest wine-making region in Europe. The view from the 12 metre cross at the top of the Calmont hill is fantastic.

The terraced slope offers perfect conditions for growing riesling grapes that will mature into wonderful wines. But what is good for the wine requires a lot of effort for the winemakers, especially during the harvest in the autumn. On the extremely steep slopes, the grapes are picked by hand.

Enjoy wine at Calmont hill in Bremm, Moselle

Enjoy wine at Calmont hill in Bremm with view of the Moselle loop, Moselle

Blossoms of the red vineyard peaches at Ürzig, Moselle

Blossoms of the red vineyard peaches at Ürzig, Moselle

From the middle of September into October, it is all about harvesting not only the grapes, but also the red vineyard peaches. The Calmont region is home to hundreds of delicate peach trees laden with furry little fruit. This unremarkable looking fruit was brought to the Moselle by the Romans; known as the ‘Persian Apple’, it grew really well, but got forgotten somewhere along the way. But, as of the last few years, the red vineyard peach is experiencing a bit of a Renaissance as a delicacy.

The red vineyard peach makes a delicious jam for breakfast, an excellent sweet accompaniment to the traditional regional Debbekooche ring cakes at lunchtime, a lovely addition to a sour cream cake for afternoon tea and a spicy, delicate chutney in the evening. The red vineyard peach also comes in liquid form, as a Kir Moselle, Pfirsecco or in various liqueurs and schnapps.

In Wehlen, the 90 acre ‘Wehlener Sonnenuhr’ wine-growing region next to the only suspension bridge over the Moselle has become a famous landmark for this district of Bernkastel-Kues. The south-west facing slope produces one of the most elegant white wines on the Moselle and also forms part of the larger ‘Münzlay’ region, one of the most famous rieslings in the world. The position of the vineyards, the clay-bearing Devon slate soil and the ideal micro-climate all add up to great quality grapes producing top-notch wines.

Moselle loop at Leiwen, Moselle

View of the Moselle loop at Leiwen, Moselle

Enjoy wine at the Moselle loop near Bremm, Moselle

Enjoy wine at the Moselle loop near Bremm, Moselle

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