The Moselle (Mosel in German) is a river flowing through the countries
of Germany, Luxembourg and France and is a left tributary of the Rhine, joining
it at the famous German landmark Deutsches Eck in the city of Koblenz.
The Mosel, until 2007 known as Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, is also one of the thirteen wine-regions in Germany and the leading wine-region when it comes to prestigious quality wines. The name Moselle comes from the Latin Mosella, which is a diminutive word for the Meuse-river (latin: Mosa), which in part parallels the Moselle.
The river has its origins in the French Vosges at Col Bussang, where the
Moselle starts at 735 meters altitude, and after 544 km from Luxembourg to the
German city Koblenz it finally flows into the Rhine.
Metz (France), Trier, Cochem and Koblenz (Germany) are the main and
most famous towns in the the Mosel-region.
Starting in Trier the Moselle imposes a very twisty circuit, which
forms a boundary between two low mountain ranges, the HunsrÃ¼ck at the right
bank and the Eifel on the left. The part of the Moselle that runs through
Germany, can be divided into three parts: the Lower Moselle (between Koblenz
and Cochem), the Moselle (between Cochem and Schweich) and the Upper Moselle
(between Schweich and Trier).
The Mosel-region has one of the mildest climates in Germany, because it has a very sheltered location. The area is a favorite holiday destination for many tourists because of its good drivable distance, breathtaking scenery and varied outdoor opportunities and good food.The Mosel is also leading wine region which, of course, produces the famous Moselle wine. The wine story of the Mosel goes back to the early fourth century, and was driven by Charles V, the Roman emperor. A selection of the best grapes and locations was combined with a strict legislation for wineproducers and traders, which was decisive for development of the Mosel as the leading wine region in Germany.
Moselle wines are mostly white and until a few years ago it was even forbidden by law to produce red wine as a winemaker, although it was done for private use. To be able to compete with the new and emerging wine regions in the world, the banning of producing red wines was lifted and nowadays you can also find red and rosÃ© wines in the Mosel-region.