When it comes to Germany’s most famous wine regions, the Mosel never goes unmentioned. Critics praise the Riesling, the region’s signature grape, grown directly along the river. Not only does this produce a fine fruity and sweet wine, but also a magnificent landscape. As well as attracting cyclists and hikers, the Mosel also offers excellent culinary experiences.
The Mosel is rich in history and nature. Many of the villages are home to impressive buildings, telling the tales of this region’s character. It’s worth visiting Castle Eltz, a medieval castle built in the 12th Century that is located just between Koblenz and Trier.
Although the Mosel is a historic powerhouse for international wines produced over hundreds of years, the wines are made for a particular pallet. They focus on fruity and sweet flavours and usually contain a high amount of residual sugar. In a search for more modern and dry Riesling, visiting other wine regions of Germany might be more suitable.
There are, however, wineries that offer dry and semi-dry Riesling, as well as good fruity and sweet wines and even red too.
Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm, Bernkastel-Wehlen
Joh. Jos. Prüm is the traditional and well-preserved estate of one of Germany’s most famous wine producers. After several hundred years, the winery, which is based in the Bernkastel-Wittlich area, has remained a family business. Joh. Jos. Prüm first became famous for its sweet Auslese wine, which is well-known worldwide. The top-quality Rieslings have a remarkable longevity and are noted for their balance.
The vineyards are spread across 20 hectares with the largest part in the Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyards. These are the estate’s most prominent wines, although the ones made in Graacher Himmelreich and Bernkasteler Badstube vineyards are also sought after.
If one is looking for a great fruity and sweet Riesling to drink or collect Joh. Jos. Prüm is definitely a good bet.
Weingut Julian Haart, Piesport
Julian Haart’s wines are particularly well-known, his first vintage was under his own label in 2010. The winery no longer offers wine tastings due to selling out (!), so the only way to enjoy a Julian Haart Riesling is to purchase a bottle from the Rieslinghaus in Bernkastel-Kues. Although the “Wineporn” edition was semi-dry, it impressed with its elderflower, honey and white peach aroma.
Julian Haart is fascinated by the limestone soil in Rheinhessen. He has therefore been cultivating vineyards in the area as he would like to produce a different style Riesling to that in his home region.
Weingut Günther Steinmetz, Brauneberg
Since 1999 Günther Steinmetz has produced wines that continue to improve in all areas of vinification. He combines precise grape selection with modern production techniques.
The estate’s vineyards grow on 12 hectares surrounding Brauneberg and its neighborhood communities. Their wines range from dry to fruity and sweet Rieslings, to a selection of red wines. The Merlot and Dornfelder are worth a try, and the 40XL is not to go unmentioned: A Pinot Noir, grown in Mülheim Sonnenlay that rests in small oak barrels for 40 months.
A visit worth trying is the Rieslinghaus in Bernkastel-Kues, which offers a wide and well-selected range of Rieslings from the area. Together with some winemakers, Rieslinghaus selects a wine that they exclusively bottle and sell. This is the only wine that is allowed to carry the WinePorn label and it is only available in limited quantities.
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