MoselThe Mosel Valley, a gorge the river carved between the Hunsrück and Eifel hills, and the valleys of its tributaries, the Saar and Ruwer rivers.
The Mosel River is the sinuous spine of the Mosel region, changing direction so often as it flows northeast toward the
Rhine that it meanders nearly 250 km/150 miles, to cover about half that distance as the crow flies. Together with its two
small tributaries, the Saar and the Ruwer, the Mosel composes one geographical entity. Although each river's vineyard area
produces a wine with its own distinctive personality, the three share a family resemblance: a fragrance reminiscent of spring
blossoms, a pale color, light body and a refreshing, fruity acidity. To add to their charm, they often have the slightest
hint of effervescence. Most display their finest charms in youth; the late- and selectively-harvested wines merit aging. Along
the serpentine route of the Mosel, the river banks rise so sharply that the vineyards carpeting these slopes are among the
steepest in the world, with some planted at an astounding 70-degree gradient. On these precipitous inclines, nearly all labor
must be done by hand. That includes tying each vine to its own eight-foot wooden stake, and carrying up the slate soil that
has washed down with the winter rains.
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