Weinkunde der Terrassenmosel
The association of municipalities is located in the terraced Moselle region, which starts in the winegrowing town of Pünderich and opens out into the Rhine at the “Deutsches Eck” in Koblenz. It separates the Eifel and Hunsrück low-mountain landscapes, and flows through the two rural districts of Cochem-Zell and Mayen-Koblenz in northern Rhineland-Palatinate.
Winegrowing on the steep slopes of the Moselle, Saar and Ruwer has a tradition spanning several centuries.
Extremely steep-sloped vineyards and terraced winegrowing, which shapes the landscape with its dry masonry and wall staircases, are typical of this section of the Moselle.
These steep slopes produce wines whose characteristic features and variety of flavours make them multi-faceted and unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Over the millennia, the Moselle has created an area whose formations are anything but uniform - just as varied as the wines originating from here. Just a stone’s throw away are all conceivable types of slopes - some steep, some flat, some south-facing, others north-facing. The microclimate frequently changes every few metres, depending on how the slope gradient and sun direction changes, how the wind comes in or how warm and cold air are circulating.
The stones and soils found in the present-day terraced Moselle region between Zell and Koblenz were once sandy beaches and mudflats of the primordial ocean. These sandy sediments were compressed into sandstone. Quartzite sandstone (greywacke), silt slate and clay slate today form a large part of the soils along the Lower Moselle.
The Moselle and its tributaries deposited gravel and sand compounds, so-called fluvial terrace sediment, in the water meadows. These sediments are the foundation of the vineyard soils in flat areas, where Müller-Thurgau and Burgundy varieties are often grown.