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vineyards along the mosel valley

Vineyards along the Mosel Valley

Serge Fischer

Institut viti- vinicole, Remich

luxemburg in figures
Luxemburg in figures
  • Founded in 963
  • Independent since 1839
  • Constitutional monarchy
  • 2586 km2
  • 480.000 inhabitants
  • 320.000 working inhabitants
  • 130.000 commuters from Belgium, France and Germany

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  • fifth century A.D): Excavations from that time proof that there has already been vine growing along the Mosel valley
  • 1880: Revival of Luxembourg viniculture vineyards produce

up to 90% from the

Elbling vine, mostly

destined for export to


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  • 1911: “Fédération des associations viticoles du grand-Duché de Luxembourg”
  • 1918: the Treaty of Versailles ends Customs Union with Germany
  • 1921: first wine producers cooperative
  • 1925: state institute of viniculture (Institut Viti- Vinicole)

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  • 1935: Quality Wine System“Marque Nationale” created by law
  • 1959: extension of the “Marque Nationale”: quality designations “Vin classé”, “Premier Cru” and “Grand Premier Cru”.
  • 1965: wine-growers

solidarity fund (Fonds de solidarité


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  • 1988: “Marque Nationale” extended to the Luxembourg sparkling wines.
  • 1991: Marque Nationale “Crémant de Luxembourg”
  • 2000: Marque Nationale “Vin de glace”; “Vendages tardives”; “Vin de paille”

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  • 1300 ha vineyards, 450 producers
  • The Moselle forms a

natural boundary

from Luxembourg

to Germany between

Schengen and Wasserbillig

  • Along these 42

kilometres the height

above sea level drops

from 142 to 129 metres.

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  • Remich canton: Keuper layers preponderate
    • valley is fairly wide open,
    • rounded and softly dropping slopes
    • wines are full-bodied and harmonious like the landscape
  • Grevenmacher canton: mainly limestone rock
    • slow erosion has created a narrower valley with steep dolomitic slopes
    • lively and elegant wine

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r gion viticole
Région viticole

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  • noble cultured plant
  • many climatic demands, in particular regarding temperature, the amount of precipitation and the hours of sunshine.

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  • Thanks to its geographic

position, the geological

properties of its soil and the

predominant moderate

sub-atlantic climatic zone,

the Moselle valley satisfies

excellently the conditions

for this type of cultivation

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  • Riesling 163, 74 ha 12,67 %
  • Pinot Gris 166, 61 ha 12,89 %
  • Pinot Blanc 139, 27 ha 10,77 %
  • Auxerrois 176, 32 ha 13,64 %
  • Pinot Noir 84, 04 ha 6,50 %
  • Gewürztraminer 14, 35 ha 1,11 %
  • Rivaner 397, 48 ha 30,75 %
  • Elbling 136, 07 ha 10,53 %

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  • “king of wines”
  • Bunch: small to medium-sized
  • Grapes: small, round and

yellowish-green in colour

  • ripens late
  • wine of distinctive refinement,

breed and of lovely elegance

  • Bouquet: particularly exquisite

and delicate

  • 13% of the vineyards

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pinot gris
Pinot Gris
  • vine originated from mutations of Pinot Noir.
  • bunch: medium-sized, compact
  • grapes of medium thickness, pink shade with a grey reflection
  • ripens medium late
  • unmistakable typical wine, full-bodied, rich in various extracts

which make up its opulence

  • 14 % of the vineyards

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pinot blanc
Pinot Blanc
  • mutation of the Pinot Gris variety
  • bunch: medium-sized, compact
  • grapes compressed,
  • colour yellowish-green
  • ripens medium late
  • pleasant freshness, elegant,

convincing clinging softness

  • 11 % of the


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  • bunch is of medium size
  • grapes are of light-yellow shade, medium-sized,
  • Ripens medium early
  • wine has an excellent body, distinctive bouque
  • very durable, elegant and fruity
  • 14% of the vineyards

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pinot noir
Pinot Noir
  • intended for red, rosé and white wines.
  • Bunches: medium-sized,

compact constitution

  • grapes are of medium size,

dark blue

  • ripens medium late
  • very fruity with elegant bouquet
  • 7 % of the


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gew rztraminer
  • Bunch: small to medium and


  • grapes small, round to oval,

reddish-grey shade

  • ripens late
  • wine with an unmistakable

aroma, fruity bouquet,

great elegance

  • 19%

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  • average-size bunch carries

medium-size yellow-green


  • Ripens early
  • pleasant mild wine with

typical fragrance.

  • wine is drunk when young
  • 29% of the


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  • cultivated since Roman times
  • large dense bunches
  • large, egg-shaped grapes
  • ripens medium early
  • Light, fresh wine with a typical acidity

which makes it an excellent

thirst-quenching wine

  • 9 % of the vineyards

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since 2004
Since 2004
  • Pinot Noir précoce
  • Dakapo
  • St Laurent

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the marque nationale label for local quality wines
The « Marque Nationale »= Label for local quality wines

Governmental Quality Controls:

  • analytical examinations in the laboratory
  • an organoleptic test by the neutral board of expert tasters of the “Marque Nationale”
  • The wine originates from the area of the Luxemburg Moselle

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LABEL for wines

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LABEL for Crémant

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organoleptic test tasting
Organoleptic test: Tasting

The special grade mentions are awarded according to the points gained as follows:

  • 12,0 to 13,9 points: Quality wine “Marque Nationale - Appellation Contrôlée”;
  • 14,0 to 15,9 points:Quality wine “Marque Nationale - Appellation Contrôlée” with the grade “Vin classé”;
  • 16,0 to 17,9 points:grade «Premier cru”.
  • >18pts : grade « Grand Premier Cru

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special grade mentions
Special grade mentions

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sparkling wines
Sparkling wines
  • label affixed to a bottle = guarantee for the consumer because:
    • cuvée consists entirely of wines of which each one complies with the regulations for the production of quality wines originating at the Luxembourg Moselle
    • the sparkling wine fulfils the qualitative conditions of Luxembourg law and EU

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sparkling wines1
Sparkling wines

Sparkling wines can be produced either: - by the “traditional method” of fermentation in the bottle, or - by the “tank fermentation process” when fermentation takes place in a closed vessel

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cr mant de luxembourg
Crémant de Luxembourg
  • The cuvée of basic wines must comply with the quality standards applicable to quality wines
  • A maximum of 100L must can be extracted out of 150 kg grapes
  • Second alcoholic fermentation in bottle
  • Bottle ageing min. 9 month
  • Min CO2 pressure of 4 bar
  • Max total SO2 allowed: 150 mg/l

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les domaines de vinsmoselle
Les Domaines de Vinsmoselle
  • cultivate a vineyard area of about 804 hectare and cover all the notable appellations of the Luxembourg vine growing area
  • co-operative movement in the Luxembourgish vine growing district goes back to the beginning of the twenties
  • produce several varieties of the“ Crémant de Luxembourg “

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the private vintners
The Private Vintners
  • 54 domains belong to owners who sell grapes and make wine (274 ha = 21,1%)
  • the wines are sold primarily to private customers and catering businesses.
  • the private vintners founded the O.P.V.I., i.e. their own professional association, to represent their interests and to concern themselves with the problems of wine-growing and


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the traditional wine trade
The Traditional Wine Trade
  • associated themselves with well-known domains and entered supply contracts for grapes with vintners in their area.
  • 221 ha = 17,1% of the vineyards

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develop ment of the vine
Develop-ment of the vine

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  • 50% Export:
    • 60%-65% Belgium
    • 30% Germany

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