The Mosel is one of the top wine areas in Germany.
Local wine makers focus on white Riesling made as fruity, complex
wines which range from dry or medium dry through to very sweet wines. On holiday you will find the steep slopes
of the valley can make for foggy early mornings and very hot afternoons, but this microclimate means
that this area can produce fine wines this far north. Without developing a whole web site on Mosel wines we find the basic points to
enjoy the best of these wines are:
- For a basic wine look for
Qualitatswein on the bottle, or the next level up, QmP.
For day to day wines (but you
are on holiday after all) look for
Spatlase and Auslase on the bottle which indicates the quality of the wine
and Trocken (dry) or Halb-Trocken (medium). Don’t avoid “medium” wines, you
will find them lower in alcohol (11-8%) and the wine goes well with the
Federweisse, often advertised in
bars or along the bike route during September/October, is new wine that is still fermenting (so cloudy, fruity and low
alcohol). It is refreshing and is often drunk with onion tart.
Late in the evening
Beerenauslese or Trockenbeerenauslese offers you a rich, complicated and
sweet wine like a Port but without the massive alcohol kick.
Eiswein, wine made from frozen grapes left on the vine until maybe January, costs serious money but is a
step above the last mentioned with unique intensity and complexity. Try a glass if you can afford it.
recommend that you drink plenty of water at lunch on your bike holiday in hot weather as you need to replenish
your body’s fluids. However, that does not mean you should not add wine to the
water and a jug of the local wine certainly helps the water go down.
beers benefit from some of the oldest and simplest food laws in the world so
some of the horrors of international mass-produced beers are avoided. The main local beer you will see advertised is Bit from Bitberg (just
to the North), but in addition to this fine lager there are also a number of breweries in the larger towns along the Mosel. These produce a range of local
beers which will probably include a lager, a wheat beer (Weissbier) and a range of malt and brown beers. These breweries sometime provide food at a bar or restaurant.