Arguably Germany’s best known wine producing region, The Mosel is almost exclusively a white wine area where Riesling makes up more than 50% of entire wine production of the 32,000 acre region. The Mosel River stretches from the French Vosges along the Luxembourg border for almost 320 miles until it finally empties into the Rhine near the town of Koblenz. The quality of the terroir is extraordinary and is matched perfectly to growing the Riesling grape with the combination of thin topsoil over slate and shale producing vibrant wines with an excellent mineral quality. The finest vineyards tend to be situated on the most severe steep slope sites where the grapes have to be painstakingly harvested by hand, sometimes using ropes. Indeed, little has changed in the last 2000 years – from pruning and weeding to the harvest itself, most of the work is still done by hand.