When we were in the market the other day we were browsing the wines and came across this fabulous Riesling from the Mosel valley. A few years ago we had the lucky fortune to tour the Mosel valley so this caught our attention and we decided to give it a try. We generally don’t like Rieslings, but we have found a few that we enjoy and this has become one of them.
The Romans planted the first vineyards near the city of Trier, Germany. Trier is considered to be the oldest city in Germany dating back to 16 BC. The Porta Nigra (above) is a large Roman city gate. This was the view from our hotel room and we felt quite lucky to have been given such a great room! The Porta Nigra is open for tours and allows pedestrians to walk through. It is in near original condition.
The Mosel valley follows the path of the Mosel river and is known for its steep slopes. It is the most famous of all German wine regions. We loved our long drive along the river and through the little towns. Most fascinating were the men picking the grapes…sixty plus year olds in tiny, tiny bikini bottom swim trunks! The men themselves were not tiny so it made the sight all that more memorable!
This wine received 90 points from Wine Enthusiast and 87 from Wine Spectator. It is fruity and crisp and is said to go very well with spicy food. We also found it to be quite sweet.
There were many opportunities to get out of the car and have a look around some of the vineyards.
The towns themselves are charming. Full of little shops and stops to eat as well as drink the lovely wines.
This bottle cost us $12.99.