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500 B.C.

Even the Celts consumed wine on the Moselle

1st century after Christ

The cultivation of wine in the Moselle valley is mentioned in Roman sources. The first archaeological finds date from this period.

2nd century after Christ

The wine presses in Erden and Piesport were probably built during this period.

The Middle Ages

During the Middle Ages, viticulture was mainly practised by monasteries and abbeys.

18th century

Archbishop Clemens Wenzelslaus ensures a qualitative reorientation of Moselle viticulture. In 1787 he decreed that only "good vines" should be planted - he meant to plant primarily Riesling.

1802

Under Napoleon the nationalization of the monasteries begins - a 1,500 year history of monastic viticulture comes to an end.

1899

The Bernkasteler Ring is founded by wineries.

Early 20th century

The light, fruity Moselle wines are in vogue. The demand at home and abroad is great. The wines of the Moselle belong to the most expensive white wines of the world.

1933

From 1933 onwards, red wine may no longer be grown on the Moselle. This ban was valid until 1986.

50s and 60s

Rising demand for Moselle wine provides for an upswing in viticulture.

1980's

The wine scandals of the 1980s are causing a decline. Especially the sweet wine that is frequently found on the Moselle is less in demand. As a result, many small businesses are giving up.

Nowadays

Today the Moselle is known above all for renowned and quality wineries.

The Moselle wine region
The Roman heritage on the Moselle
Wine and sparkling wine tasting