Mosel Drink


Wine

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 local food.

  • 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.  

We would 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.
 
You can click on wine festivals to see more information on this and wine producers in Germany. You may also like to read an article on cycling to German wine festivals by a MyBikeGuide contributor.

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Beer

German 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. 

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