Moselle Valley

 

Moselle Valley

Europe’s smallest wine-growing region stretches 42 km along the western bank of the Moselle River. Global warming has done its part in making this former up-and-coming region a true contender on the wine scene, contributing to the ideal microclimate and fertile soil. Most grapes are used to make whites and rosés, and a few inferior pinot noirs are produced. The sparking wines, or crémants, are rapidly gaining traction. Quality is strictly monitored and the better wines are designated Vin Classé, Premier Cru or Grand Premier Cru.

From Luxembourg City, we reached the valley’s southernmost town, Schengen, in about half an hour, and followed the route de vin north to Grevenmacher, the valley’s northernmost town. Since we visited on a Sunday, only the large, roadside tasting rooms were open. Those were more like stores and restaurants than intimate wineries. Next time, we’ll do a bit of research and hit up the smaller gems.

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