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Meanders of the Moselle

Wine-growing traditions of ancient Germany
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking
  • splendid walking and fabulous views
  • delve into Germany’s Roman past
  • excellent wine-tasting opportunities
  • rail and boat journeys included

In this half-hidden corner of Germany, the silvery-blue serpentine ribbon of the River Moselle winds its way through vine-terraced hills and historic villages. From its source in the Vosges Mountains of Alsace, it flows north-east into Germany (where it is known as die Mosel), skirting the edge of Luxembourg to perform a series of convoluted and elaborate turns before meeting the mighty Rhine at Koblenz.

There is something medieval, in the best sense, about these vineyards. The sheer work invested in them over generations, the effort of planting, tending and harvesting vines, each attached to a stake, all by hand, on 60-degree slopes, beggars belief; but the effect is of a communal work of art, a glowing tapestry of vines.
     
The Telegraph

Its most appealing stretch, mirrored by some of the finest sections of the Moselsteig long-distance footpath, is the setting for our terrific wine-infused walking adventure, on which you can appreciate time-honoured traditions of viticulture as well as the remarkable ingenuity of those who work amid these vertiginous vineyards to extract such a delectable liquid from the noble Riesling grape.

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