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  • July 13, 2014
  • A Terraced Hillside in Wehr

  • by Lars Carlberg

wehrOn Friday, Per Linder took this photo while on a bike ride from Oberbillig to Nennig on the Upper Mosel (Obermosel). It's a terraced hillside in the wine village of Wehr. The soil in this area, just south of Trier, is Muschelkalk, or shell limestone. The main grape variety is Elbling, as well as various Pinot varieties.

Per rode his bike south along the right bank of the Mosel River, before crossing the bridge at Remich, in Luxembourg, and heading back home to Luxembourg City.

Although the Lower Mosel is called the Terraced Mosel (Terrassenmosel), other parts of the Mosel Valley, including further upriver along the Obermosel and Luxembourg, have steep, terraced vineyard sites as well. ♦

  • Andrew Bair says:

    Hi Lars:

    Thank you (and Per) for the photo. There isn’t much info anywhere else on the Obermosel, yet I’ve wondered if this will become a more significant region in the coming years thanks to climate change, and the growing interest in both the white Pinots and ancient indigenous grapes. If Chasselas from extremely old vines can make a fascinating wine, as with Serge Daugeneau, then why not old vine Elbling with a like-minded grower?

    Anyway: when you mention Pinot varieties, are you including Auxerrois? (Sometimes called Pinot Auxerrois, and frequently blended with Pinot Blanc in Alsace.) I’ve had a couple of interesting Auxerrois from Clos des Rochers in Luxembourg, and would think that this variety would also do well in the Obermosel unless the soils are drastically different there.

  • Per Linder says:

    Hi Andrew, I can only recommend a bike ride to discover the Obermosel and Luxembourg section. From Trier, rent a bike and take the train to Oberbillig. It is indeed doable in a day.

    Matthias Hild in Wincheringen makes fine wines of Elbling.

  • David Schildknecht says:

    I’ve enjoyed the Steinmetz wines Lars mentioned.

    An example of a very serious project is Weingut Rinke, for whom Gernot Kollmann of Immich-Batterieberg is not only the consultant but planned the vineyards, most of which are planted in Chardonnay. Early wines have been quite impressive, as is the site itself. They’ve been getting considerable attention in the German press.

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