The Wine Route of Luxembourg
Luxembourg's vineyards meander along the Moselle for 42 kilometres from Schengen to Wasserbillig. The vineyards accompany the Moselle like a green belt. Luxembourg, nestled between the wine nations Germany and France, has its very own, extremely fine wine style, which is constantly developing creatively. On the wine route of Luxembourg, visitors experience breath-taking landscapes, historic winegrowing villages and exquisite gastronomy. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg offers, despite its rather contemplative size, a variety of high-quality wines. Nine different grape varieties alone are processed here into exquisite wines. In addition to the well-known varieties such as Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, these include the regional varieties Auxerrois, Elbing and the famous sparkling wine "Crémant de Luxembourg".
The Crémant de Luxembourg
Crémant de Luxembourg is a real speciality and is awarded year after year in international competitions for its taste and quality. The name has been used since 1991. The sparkling wine is convincing thanks to its very fine character and its vivacity and differs from the classic sparkling wine due to its quality and the perfect ripeness of the harvested grapes. The traditional fermentation in the bottle is decisive for the production. The Crémant undergoes a second alcoholic fermentation and is stored on the yeast for at least nine months. The wineries put together their own cuvées and thus contribute to the great variety of tastes of the Crémants in Luxembourg.
Discover the wine strongholds of Luxembourg
Thanks to its mild climate, the Moselle valley, sheltered from the wind, is particularly well suited for winegrowing. The sunny and sloping vineyards offer the vines an ideal home, also due to deep valley incisions and limestone cliffs. The wine-growing area is located on the northern bank of the river and extends up to 300 to 400 metres inland. In general, the vineyards face southwest to southeast. Some of the best are located at an altitude of 150 to 200 metres and benefit from balanced climatic conditions. Some wine regions along the beautiful Moselle route are particularly famous for their exquisite wines.
Schengen is located at the southernmost point of the Luxembourg Wine Route. With the Markusberg, the area has optimal locations for the cultivation of Pinot Gris. The Henri Ruppert winery also benefits from the rich local soils. Shell limestone and quartzite, which favour a good wine harvest, can be found here. They are ideal to produce strong Pinot or Auxerrois. Thanks to the particularly steep slopes, with gradients of up to 60 percent, the winery can produce real quality wines.
The Sunnen winegrowing family is based in Remerschen and produces exquisite wines already in the fifth generation. On 9.3 hectares, biologically certified wines are produced under the best climatic conditions. Due to the proximity to the lake and the sunny valley, a variety of high-quality wines are produced here, including Elbling, Rivaner, Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
The city on the Luxembourg Moselle is a real wine stronghold and offers visits to three different wine cellars. At the village entrance you will find the Bastian winery, which, as a member of the Domaine & Tradition winegrowers' association, produces high-quality Pinot. Particularly the fruity Pinot Blanc inspires with notes of yellow pome fruit, the Pinot Gris with jasmine blossom, grapefruit and liquorice aromas and the Pinot Noir with nuances of violet and apricot. The Caves Krier Frères vineyard is somewhat hidden in the centre of Remich. Visitors will find numerous quality wines from the "Domaine Privé de la Maison" line and the classic Crémant Millésime Brut. Not far from the Moselle is the winery Desom. The modernised family business scores with Pinot Noir Rosé from 2010 with nuances of red forest fruits.
The Wormeldinger winery is located in Wormeldingen, which became the production centre for the popular Crémant Poll-Fabaire in 1991. Tradition, innovation and creativity made the creation of this quality product possible, which inspires even demanding wine connoisseurs. Vineyard Domaine Alice Hartmann also offers a large selection of wines. The winery is particularly known for its Crémant and Riesling, but also offers Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Thanks to the shell limestone soils in and around Grevenmacher, the cultivated vines produce fine and lively wines. Here you can find some wineries. The Caves Bernard Massard is one of the most important sparkling wine producers in Luxembourg according to the traditional method. With an annual production of 3.5 million bottles of sparkling wine and 500,000 bottles of still wine, the winery is one of the largest producers in the country. Grevenmacher is also home to the Château Pauqué of Abi Duhr. The winery is a pioneer in eccentric Moselle wines. Here the "Clos du Paradis" was invented, a paradisiacal cuvée. Abi Duhr produces probably the most extraordinary Auxerrois of the country, which is particularly multi-layered. The Bromelt, a mineral-floral Elbing from vines planted in 1942, is also a real speciality.
Tip: In February, the Moselle winegrowers invite you to "Wine Cheese Enjoy" on the second weekend. At this gourmet event, visitors can experience and taste everything to do with cheese and wine. A popular wine weekend also takes place at Pentecost: The estates open their wine cellars and an all-round programme with music, art exhibitions, hikes and culinary highlights provides the setting for a special wine tasting.
The Romantik Hotel Bel-Air Sport & Wellness in Echternach is located about 20 minutes from the end of the wine route in Wasserbillig. The hotel is in the heart of Luxembourg's little Switzerland in an idyllic park with its own water source. The hotel's SPA invites guests to enjoy a relaxing stay. The Romantik Hotel in the Brasserie "Les Terrasses Fleuries" spoils its guests with Luxembourgian specialities and in the restaurant "Les Jardins Gourmands" with modern cuisine and French flair.