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April 14, 2021 4 min read

Mosel Valley wine has been considered the best Riesling wines in the world.

 

The Moselle River extends across north-eastern France, south-western Germany, and eastern Luxembourg. It is home to the biggest Riesling crop area in the world. The most classic Riesling wines are found along the winding river gorge. The Moselle and the Rhine together produce 70% of all German Wine. 


Discover great Mosel wines of 2021 by classification - Avanti Wines


Enjoy a drive down the Wine Road, which closely follows the Moselle River. With stunning views of vineyards and castle ruins on one side of the road and the Moselle River on the other.  If you have more time and want a relaxed way of exploring then they are excellent cycling paths along the river. Along the route, you’ll pass through many lovely wine-making villages. Cycling allows you the ease to stop more often.


Mosel wines are special as the Mosel Valley offers a combination of geology; geography, climate & history that make this region special to grow the Riesling grape in particular.


We have a selection of Mosel wines online so that you can take a tasteful journey of Mosel by trying the wines they offer. To purchase a selection ofMosel valley Germany wine visit Avanti wines website and select German wine section.


The main 3 classifications to know in the Mosel: Qualitatswein (QbA), Pradikatswein, and VDP.

Qualitätswein Bestimmter Anbaugebiete (QbA)

Meaning "quality wine from designated cultivation areas." Producers may add sugar to these wines when grapes don’t meet the minimum levels of natural ripeness at harvest time. Usually a producer's basic level wine, inexpensive and meant for everyday drinking, though there are some exceptions. Riesling wines sourced from all over the Mosel.


Pradikatswein


Prädikatswein is divided into five classes of ascending ripeness at harvest: 

(a) kabinett - based on the ripeness level and sugar content of the grapes. At the entry level of Prädikatswein, the highest group of quality German wines, kabinette are usually low in alcohol, with crisp acidity. The wines can be dry, halbtrocken (half-dry) or sweet. You will find a great deal of Mosel wines in this category. 

(b)spätlese, based on the ripeness level and sugar content of the grapes. Meaning "late harvest," spätlesen are usually richer than kabinette-level wines because the grapes contain a higher concentration of sugar at harvest. The wines can be dry or sweet.

(c )auslese, based on the ripeness level and sugar content of the grapes. Auslesen are made from individually-selected bunches of very ripe grapes that have higher sugar concentrations than those selected for spätlesen, but lower than those selected for beerenauslese. Auslesen are nearly always sweet wines but can be fermented in drier styles. 

(d) beerenauslese (including eiswein) based on the ripeness level and sugar content of the grapes. Beerenauslese are made from individually selected grapes that are very ripe. Usually these grapes have been affected by Botrytis cinerea, or noble rot, further concentrating their high sugars. These wines are rare and costly.

(e) trockenbeerenauslese. based on the ripeness level and sugar content of the grapes. Trockenbeerenauslese means literally "dry berry selection." This very sweet dessert wine is made from individually selected shriveled grapes that have the highest sugar levels with flavors concentrated further by the fungus Botrytis cinerea, or noble rot. Trockenbeerenauslese rank among the greatest sweet wines in the world.

Sugar is never added to these wines. The Prädikatswein classification was formerly known as Qualitätswein mit Prädikat.


Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter

The VDP is an association of German wine estates that classifies wines by the quality of the vineyard. While the association has invited only about 200 wineries in Germany, you will see these vineyard classifications on the neck of a bottle of Mosel Riesling.

There are over 500 named vineyard sites in the Mosel Valley, the best way to select some of the better vineyards is to look at areas that face the sunlight and aim for the vineyards on the hills rather than flat land as they are more susceptible to sunlight.

Avanti Wines has discovered a top quality producer that offers reasonable prices. The following selection can be found on our website and available for purchase.

Pinot Blanc, Germany - Mosel


Pinot Blanc, Germany - Mosel


Type:White wine 

Grape Variety: Pinot Blanc

Alcohol:12%

Typical Weissburgunder/Pinot Blanc from the Mosel. Notes of apple, citrus, white flower and, sometimes, stone fruit, with a backbone of minerality.

Food Pairing: Roast chicken, salads, mild cheeses, and seafood.

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Dry Riesling, Germany - Mosel

Dry Riesling, Germany - Mosel

Type: White wine 

Grape Variety: Riesling

Alcohol: 11.50%

Nice aroma of lime and apricot combined with a fresh acidity.

Food Pairing: Fresh crab, oysters & white meat. 


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Semi Sweet Riesling, Germany - Mosel


Semi Sweet Riesling, Germany - Mosel


Type: White wine 

Grape Variety: Riesling

Alcohol: 11.50%


Light and elegant fruity aromas combined with minerality.


Food Pairing: Light dishes, seafood or as a refreshing starter.


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Sweet Riesling, Germany - Mosel

Sweet Riesling, Germany - Mosel


Type:White wine 

Grape Variety: Riesling

Alcohol:8.50%

Toffee, pollen & sweet-tart honey flavours. 

Food Pairing: Fruity desserts, intensive roasts.

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Dessert wine Auslese, Germany - Mosel

Dessert wine Auslese, Germany - Mosel

Type:Sweet wine 

Grape Variety: Riesling

Alcohol: 7.50%

The dessert wine has savory tones of smoke and crushed earth permeate from nose to finish, suggesting a complex auslese that is more mineral than fruit. Still, vibrant lemon-lime acidity and silken streaks of honey penetrate the mid palate and extend through a long, invigorating finish.


Food Pairing: Sweet desserts, cheese or pate a foie gras.

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Amy O'Connell
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