Definition - What does Mosel-Saar-Ruwer mean?

The Mosel-Saar-Ruwer wine region gets its name from the three rivers that flow through it. It is Germany's third largest wine region in terms of production.

The wine region of Mosel-Saar-Ruwer is currently referred to as "Mosel." Its name was shortened in 2007 for easy marketing and name recognition. It is a region whose wines fall under Germany's Prädikatswein quality wine system.

WineFrog explains Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

Mosel is well-recognized for its internationally prestigious Riesling wines. The styles made here range from crisp and dry (Trocken) to syrupy, sweet dessert wines (Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese). Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese styles only occur once or twice in a decade and can cost up to $2,000 or more. A good dry wine can start around $25.

Riesling grows exceptionally well in this region and is the only grape which can properly mature in the cold region.

Wines from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region are recognized for their sharp and racy notes of terroir. The grapes are grown in soils made up mainly of slate. Because of this, the wines pick up notes of tar, petrol, what some may call "plastic doll face" and mineral notes along with lychee and spiced pear. Mosel is also recognized for its steep terrain and slopes that overlook the Mosel River.

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