Mosel valley – Numbers about wine and visitors
From the western slopes of the Ballon d’Alsace in the Vosges the mosel twists and turns around 544 kms through the mosel valley until the river reaches Koblenz and flows in the rhine. Directly near the beautiful river you could use nearly 1000 kms of wonderful cycling paths.
The mosel valley is visited by more than 2.1m tourists each year with 6.1m overnight stays. These people come from all over the world. The most visitors come from the german neighbors Netherlands and Belgium. But there are also with 4.5 percent a lot of visitors from the United Kingdom and with 2.2 percent from Sweden.
In the year 2014 around 5000 wineries exist in the mosel valley. This wineries together produce 1.270.030 hectoliters of Mosel wine. Some of the most expensive wines worldwide comes from the mosel valley. In the VDP wine auction 2016 one bottle of 2005 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese from the winery Joh. Jos. Prüm reached a price of 10.120,95 €.
The Riesling is with 60 percent still the main variety in the mosel valley. But the last years the small wineries also started to plant other wine varieties. On one side the wineries want to offer new wines to reach different customers but the main reason why they are doing experiments are caused by the earth warming. Nowadays in the mosel valley are higher average temperatures like 50 years ago. So it is possible to plant one or another variety that usually grow in more southern countries.
Like you could see in our infographics nearly 50 % of the vineyards in the mosel valley are steep slope vineyards. To plant vines in this steep vineyards is associated with high effort and a lot more costly because the work couldn’t be done by machines. Some Vineyards are up to 65° steep. The steepest vineyard in europe is the „Bremmer Calmont“ you can find in Bremm.