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Mosel / Rheingau

Reisling Germany and Austria have been famous for their exquisite Riesling dessert wines for centuries.   But in the past five to ten years, producers in Germany have been developing many more great, dry Riesling wines. Riesling can be found in Germany’s 13 wine-growing regions, however it is most prominent in the Mosel, Rheinhessen, Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe regions. Wines range from bone dry ( trocken) , to delicate light and sweet.

The Mosel is best known for lean, steely mouth tingling intensity, balanced with soft apple, floral aromas and the characteristic minerality from flint, slate soil. Rheingau, Riesling is often a little richer, with hints of apricot and peach flavors. The high levels of acid and flavor make riesling and excellent wine to pair with all kinds of foods.

Rieslingsekt (Sparkling) Germany specialises in Sekt made from Riesling grapes which are rich in monoterpenes, and result in fruity and perfumed sparkling wines. Quality is determined based on the 3 tiers in the VDP (an elite association of German wine estates regional quality pyramid with GG / Grosse Lage (Grand Cru) and Erste Lage (Premier Cru) at the top made from single vineyards, and a minimum of 36 months on lees.

The finest estate grown Sekts are classified as Winzersekte most of which are brut nature (no sugar added) but also define the degree of sweetness of the must at the harvest must be Kabinett, or Spätlese grape quality. In addition, the:

  •   Vintage and grape variety must be listed on the label.
  •   Wine must be produced using the double fermentation traditional method
  •   Grapes must come from a producer’s own vineyards and bottled on site
  • Sample Itineraries

    Regional Discovery Tour departing Frankfurt

    Visit 1
    Visit at Schloss Johannisberg
    Visit 2
    Visit Eberbach Abbey and lunch
    Visit 3
    Rheingau Vineyard visit & multi tasting
    Visit 4
    VDP Sekt Tasting

    Wine Enthusiast Tour departing Luxembourg or Metz

    Visit 1
    Weingut Dr. Loosen Vineyard visit & multi tasting
    Visit 2
    Mosel Vineyard Multi Tasting
    Local Lunch
    Visit 3
    VDP Vineyard visit & multi tasting
    Visit 4
    VDP Sekt Tasting

    Schloss Johannisberg

    Johannisberg in the Rheingau is not only known for the castle of the same name, which arose from the ruins of a Benedictine monastery complex. It has been making wine for over 900 years. Since 1720 only Riesling has been cultivated at Schloss Johannisberg and in 1775, the Johannisberg Abbey discovered the advantage of a late harvest, and still today the Rheingau Riesling Spätlese (late harvest) are among the region's best wines. The wines with "First Growth" on the label signify wines come from classified ‘Premier Cru’ sites and are produced and vinified according to very demanding and strict criteria.

    Kloster Eberbach Steinberg

    A former Cistercian abbey,one of the best preserved medieval monastery complexes in Germany. In front of the monastery gate lies the world-famous Steinberg vineyard, which has been in sole possession of the wine estate since 1239. The vineyard of the Eberbach Monastery, was founded in 1136 by St. Bernard of Clairvaux from Burgundy.

    Dr. Loosen

    Situated on the Mosel River among some of the world’s most treasured vineyards, the Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for more than 200 years. Dr Loosen has joint ventures in Washington and Oregon States. The estate has become a member of the prestigious VDP, Germany’s association of top-rated wine estates, and has been named one of the 10 best estates in Germany by nearly every wine publication worldwide.


    Riesling thrives particularly well in the dry, stony south-facing slopes. It also survives cold winter days and uses the long ripening period to develop fine fruit acids and aromas. Mosel white grapes account for 86% and in Rheingau 91% of production the majority being Riesling.


    The warming effects of the Rhine River yields Rieslings with fuller body and richer texture than other regions in Germany. Traditionally the area was known for fruity and noble-sweet wines, but in recent years, production has become dry. Increasingly, traditional-method sparkling wines (sekt), made from Riesling and Champagne varieties (Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay) are trending.

    Mosel The Mosel Valley, is a gorge the river carved between the Hunsrück and Eifel hills, and the valleys of its tributaries, the Saar and Ruwer rivers. Optimal warmth and precipitation in the steep sites and valleys. The soils are Clayish slate and greywacke in the northern lower Mosel Valley ; Devonian slate in the steep sites and sandy, gravelly soil in the flatlands of the middle Mosel Valley; primarily chalky shell-limestone soils in the upper Mosel Valley (toward Luxembourg)

    Rheingau At 50 degrees north latitude, the Rhine bend and the Rheingau wine-growing region was created on a narrow 30km strip along the Rhine hillside. Mild winters and warm summers; the vineyards are protected from cold winds by the forest-capped Taunus Hills and benefit from the heat-reflecting surface of the Rhine. The wine-growing area is small and filled with diverse soils of chalk, sand, gravel, clay, loess, quartzite and slate.


    Rheingau is home to the earliest documented plantings of Riesling in 1435, and is still the region’s most noble grape variety. Founded in 1872, the world-renowned oenological research and teaching institute in Geisenheim focuses on viticulture, fruit growing and horticulture as well as grape breeding, wine making and international wine business.

    Sekt has a long tradition in Germany. The first sparkling wine houses in the country were already founded at the beginning of the 19th century. According to their own accounts, the Sektkellerei Kessler, founded in 1826 in the small town of Esslingen near Stuttgart, is Germany’s oldest sparkling wine producer. In 1902, Emperor Wilhelm II introduced a sparkling wine tax (Sektsteuer) in order to finance, among other things, his war fleet. 

    Mosel / Rheingau Wine Adventures

    The wine growing area around the Rhine river has been famous for its Riesling dessert wines for over 500 years. In recent years, winemakers have increasingly been making great dry wines and sparkling wines called Sekt. Sekt has a long tradition going back to the beginning of the 19th century. Frankfurt, Luxembourg and Metz are the ideal starting locations for a 2 or 3 day tour and combine well with a visit to the area around Strasbourg and Colmar on the French side to compare Rieslings and other local varietals.

    Multi Region Journeys

  • Best of the Best

    Rheingau / Mosel (2 days)

    Depart Frankfurt and head south-west to Metz
    Discover great winemakers along the wine route between the Rhine and Mosel rivers
    Sample Grand and Premier Cru still and top rated 90+ pts sparkling Rieslings

    Rieslings along the Rhine

    Alsace / Rheingau / Mosel (3 days)

    Follow the wine route along the Rhine from Colmar to Strasbourg visiting the best artisanal Riesling vineyards in France. Late afternoon train to Frankfurt and overnight
    Drive along the Rhine to discover some of the best Rieslings in Germany
    Pairing lunch at a magnificent Schloss

    Riesling to Ruinart

    Mosel / Champagne (5 days)

    Discover top German sparkling winemakers
    Ancient Monastery vineyard visit with the oldest cellar in Germany
    Fast train to Champagne and overnight in Reims, Epernay or countryside hotel
    Visit Champagne Ruinart or Taittinger cellars known for fine Chardonnays
    Haute Domaine Vine to Table lunch experiences

    Great Whites

    Rheingau / Alsace / Burgundy (10 days)

    Vineyard visits at the best sparkling wine producers
    Overnight in Heidelberg
    Spa and lunch in Baden Baden
    Strasbourg to Colmar discover great White Rieslings, Gewürztraminer, Vendanges Tardives and Grains Nobles
    Short train journey to Dijon, and head to the Cotes de Beaune to sample top Chardonnays. En route, pass Clos Vougeot and stop for Pinot Noir tastings
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