A family weekend in the Mosel Valley

30 June 2019

Every now and then my brother and sister in law like to organize these little ‘culinary’ weekends away with the family. Our last trip took us to the Champagne region in France and this year we went for wine tasting in Germany. We spent a few days in the Mosel Valley and a day in Trier on our way back. Here’s a few photos and some tips on which villages to visit.  

We stayed at a charming bed & breakfast called ‘Gästehaus Bollig’ in Trittenheim, in the middle of the Mosel, where the Wine Festival had just started. During this annual event the people of Trittenheim come together under the main bridge to celebrate with wine and music. We got to taste some lovely wines from local wineries “Trittenheimer Altaechen” and “Trittenheimer Apotheke”.

From Trittenheim we journeyed to other municipalities where we visited a couple of Roman ruins, like Villa Urbana in Longuich and Villa Rustica in Mehring. Now honestly, once you’ve seen one of these, you’ve kind of seen them all. But I do recommend the one in Longuich for its beautiful surrounding views. In Mehring we also did a wine tasting at Weingut (the German word for winery) "Zum Römerkopf” where we took home a delicious Riesling wine. And we made a third stop at Longen for a walk through the vineyards – for which June seemed like the perfect timing. I remember it was only April when we visited La Champagne and because the grape vines had just started growing, it took away a bit of the view’s magic.

We ended the weekend with a day in Trier. It’s said to be the oldest city in Germany and I was really charmed by its beautiful old town square, The Hauptmarkt. After schnitzels for lunch at Restaurant Schlabbergass, we continued our walk past the Porta Nigra to the Liebfrauenkirche and onto the Palace Gardens. Also worth a visit is the Roman Amphitheater just outside the city walls. It was built in the 2nd century A.D and you can walk all around the arena and even enter the basement underneath.