The Moselle Valley, or “D’Musel” as it is affectionately known as in Luxembourg, is one of Europe’s most celebrated wine regions. It’s also a great jumping off point for a multi-country wine tour since the Moselle Valley spans 3 countries: Luxembourg, Germany, and France. Within Luxembourg, the Moselle Valley makes up the heart of the country’s wine industry. Connoisseurs of white wines will find bliss in the string of tiny towns that make up the Moselle Valley, where small family vineyards specialize in whites like Crémant, Riesling, Auxerrois, and Pinot Gris.
Schengen & Open European Borders
The Moselle River is also the border between Luxembourg and Germany with the official border between countries located out in the middle of the river. In the sleepy Moselle Valley city of Schengen, France, Germany, and Luxembourg all meet and form a 3-country border. It’s here among the vineyards that the Schengen Agreement was signed in 1985 (on board the MS Princesse Marie-Astrid), which eventually led to the disappearance of borders between many European countries. The city’s main museum, Musée de Schengen, is filled to the brim with details about the agreement and the development of the EU.
A great place to try local Luxembourgish culinary specialties is Tourelle restaurant. One of the region’s most traditional specialties is “Friture de la Moselle,” or fried fish from the Moselle River served with fries. The “Luxembourg Menu” is another traditional Luxembourgish dish consisting of a meat platter that includes cooked and smoked hams, pâté, and sausage, accompanied by hard-boiled eggs, pickles, and fresh tomatoes.
Vineyard Walks and Wine Tasting
There are several trails that lace through the vineyards, affording sweeping views of the river and the region. A vineyard hike is the perfect way to to reach your wine tasting destinations, and whet your appetite for that first glass of white wine. At Sunnen-Hoffmann, a small family run winery that was the first organic vineyard in Luxembourg’s Moselle Region, you can sample flavorful white wines with surprisingly distinct undertones (think hints of pepper with a fruity citrus finish) that will leave you yearning for more. Unfortunately, many Luxembourg vineyards don’t export internationally yet—most of the wines are distributed within Luxembourg mainly—so you’ll have to savor each sip.
Contemporary Hotel l’Ecluse is a new design hotel located along the river with lots of windows showcasing vistas of rolling vineyards. While the rest of the architecture in the region is mostly all traditional European, this hotel is a standout bastion of modern design. Another highlight is the hotel’s spa, which is filled with more picture windows so you can soak in the view while you unwind in the various saunas. Finally, the perfect way to finish off your day is with a relaxing dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, featuring local meats, produce, and of course, wine. What could be better?
A trip to the undiscovered Luxembourg Moselle Valley is the perfect accompaniment to a visit to the country’s capital, Luxembourg City. If you’re like me and white wines are your cup of tea, you’ll be in absolute heaven in the Moselle Valley.