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What is Mosel famous for? Where is it located?
  • Best-known German wine region
  • World's greatest Rieslings
  • One of the most northerly wine producing region in Germany
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Describe the growing environment of Mosel (climate, soil). What is the impact on the price?
  • The best vineyards are on the steep, south-facing slopes overlooking the Mosel river which enjoy the best sun exposure and, to a much smaller extent, sunshine reflected from the river.
  • Steep sites mean expensive vineyards and labour intensive.


Soil
  • The dark-coloured slate soil also plays an important part in radiating heat.
  • The slate soils come in a variety of colours – grey, blue, brown and red – and producers are increasingly interested in how subtle differences can influence the characteristics and aromas of their wines
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The Mosel region is generally split into three sections, which are these and how do the differ?
  • Upper Mosel
  • Middle Mosel; largest, majority of vineyards.
  • Lower Mose
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Name some famous vineyards in the Mosel region.
Village mentioned first, then vineyards in brackets):
  • Brauneberg (Juffer, Juffer-Sonnenuhr)
  • Erden (Treppchen, Prälat)
  • Graach (Himmelreich, Domprobst)
  • Ürzig (Würzgarten)
  • Wehlen (Sonnenuhr)
  • Bernkastel (Doctor)
  • Piesport (Goldtröpfchen).

(Note, on a wine label the Einzellage name would be presented as,
for example, Bernkasteler Doctor.)
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Mosel Rieslings differ from the other regions, how? What reputation does Mosel also have in wine style?
  • Mosel Rieslings are paler in colour, lighter in body, with lower alcohol and higher acidity and have pronounced floral and green fruit aromas.
  • The balance of acidity and flavour intensity gives these wines potential for long bottle ageing.
  • Whilst drier wines are now increasingly produced, Mosel has a strong reputation for producing sweeter styles of wine in the Kabinett, Spätlese and Auslese categories and also for sweet Rieslings.
  • The winters are almost always cold enough to produce Eiswein
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The World's largest producer of riesling is based in Bernkastel, Mosel region. Who is this and how much do they produce?
Moselland co-operative, 20% of the region's production.
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Mosel has two tributaries, which are they and what impact does this have on the wine styles.
  • Saar and Ruwer rivers
  • The best vineyards are located in the sheltered side valleys of these rivers, with south, south-east and south-west aspects.
  • Due to the slightly higher altitude of the vineyards, temperatures are a little lower in the Saar and Ruwer than in the Middle Mosel and acidity levels in the wines can be even higher.
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