Moselle Valley Travel Guide
The Moselle Valley (Mosel in German) is a region that surrounds the Moselle River and extends across north-eastern France, south-western Germany, and eastern Luxembourg. This picturesque valley is renowned for its wine, especially its Riesling. In fact, the Moselle is home to the biggest Riesling crop area in the world. It’s also the oldest wine region in Germany, as the Romans brought grapes here in order to provide a local source of wine for their garrisons. The Moselle and the Rhine together produce 70% of all German Wine.
In Germany, you can drive the Wine Road, Römische Weinstraße, which closely follows the Moselle River. With vineyards and castle ruins on one side of the road and the Moselle River on the other, the Römische Weinstraße is easily one of the most romantic drives in Germany. Along the route, you’ll pass through many lovely wine-making villages. We recommend exploring this region slowly and stopping often. To taste the local wine, go to wine taverns (Weinstuben) and wineries (Weingüter).
When to Visit the Moselle Valley
Anytime between late-spring and early-Autumn. Tourism peaks from August to mid-October. While living in Germany, we traveled to the Moselle both in winter and in summer. The Moselle is far more beautiful in summer, as the wine crop is green and maturing, and the towns are full of life. The weather also permits you to hike and cycle the region more comfortably.