Wine in Trier

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Trier is the center of wine producers from the famous Mosel-Saar-Ruwer area. A lot of great wine cellars are in the middle of the city. If you ask you can have sometimes even cellar tours! A short note: the year 1999 has been one of the best in this century (also many other great vintage years in the 90's), 2000 is not really an outstanding vintage but nevertheless you can buy some Auslese or Beerenauslese. So, if you are there don't hesitate to buy a few bottles that can easily be stored for more than 10 or 20 years!

It is not only the wine made by grapes that people in Trier and around produce. You should try also the apple-wine wich is called VIEZ; it is hardly known outside the area and you wont find it somewhere in the States I suppose. When it is fresh made (in September and October) it is sweet and is nearly free of alcohol. Later in the year it becomes more and more sour and has in the end about 7 %. Then people like to drink it with water (Viez-Schorle), limonade (Li-Vi) or even coke (Co-Vi). It should be served cold and it is really refreshing then! By the way it is in the season one of the cheapest drinks in the pubs...

In the last years champagne became more and more popular at the Mosel/Saar/Ruwer area. The German name is SEKT - the expression champagne is legally protected for those sparkling wines coming from the Champagne / France. Nevertheless German producers have a great success producing Sekt from the native Riesling grape. To judge what I say you should try yourself...

For it is the time of the grape harvest, late September and October is a worthwhile time to be in Trier and at the River Mosel. If you would like to you could even try to work for a week or two in the vineyards! It will be an unforgettable experience.

For those who wish to taste before buying wines and sparkling wines, there are several locations both in the inner city (Wein-Information, Konstantinplatz 11; Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium-Güterverwaltung, Weberbachstrasse 75; Bischöfliche Weingüter, Gervasiusstrasse 1; Weinbaudomänenverwaltung, Deworastrasse 1) and in the suburb Olewig (obtain the wine tasting schedule in Tourist Information Trier).

Wine tastings for individual visitors are possible in the Wein-Information at the Basilika, in the Domstein and at a number of vintners in Olewig (schedule in the Tourist Information). Wine tastings for larger groups can be arranged ahead of time also at the five wineries Bischöfliche Weingüter, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium, Kesselstatt, Vereinigte Hospitien, and Weinbaudomäne.

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Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt

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They offer also a good choice of home-made brandy and vinagar. Also nice restaurant and Weinstube.

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address:Liebfrauen Str. 9, next to Dom and Liebfrauen Church
tel:+49 – 651 - 75101

Stiftung Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium

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For more than 400 years a foundation for the Jesuit's high school, since the 70's it is governmental. In the shop you can order and taste great wines

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address: Weberbach 75
tel:+49 – 651 - 978300

Staatliche Weinbaudomäne

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Governmental wine production and research.

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tel:+49 – 651 – 975980

Porta Nigra Kellerei

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For champagne this is one of my favourites! Try the Nigra Brut Riesling Sekt.

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address: Weberbach 19
tel:+49 – 651 - 44533

Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier

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The bishop's own wine cellar!

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address:Gervasius Str. 1
tel:+49 – 651 - 43443

Welcome - Info Center

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Here general information about the wine from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer area are available.

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address: Simeonstiftplatz/Margaretengäßchen, 54290 Trier (city center)
tel:+49 - 651 - 9940540
openings:Mo-Fr: 10:00 to 19:00 and Sun: 10:00 to 17:00

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