Here we are, in our most anticipated wine region. I had seen many pictures of the Mosel, but it didn’t do any justice. The cliffy, terraced vineyards of the valley on the river banks with its million loops is like a dance of nature. Breathtaking; simply stunning.
At Weingut Heymann-Lowenstein, in Winningen, Reinhard Lowenstein was incredibly generous and talked to us for hours. He passionately explained how the concept of terroir is so important and that his elegant and subtle Rieslings are only possible because of the marginal climate in the northern Mosel. So captivating, one can listen to Mr. Lowenstein brilliance eternally, hopefully in the company of any of his magnificent wines.
We left in owe and went straight to dinner down the road. Naturally we ordered one of Mr.Lowenstein’s best wines, a Riesling Uhlen Blaufüßer Lay, a ‘Erste Lage’- similar to Erstes Gewachs, First Growth or Grand Cru (for detailed explanation go to German VDP). The wine was ethereal, with complex lush layers of minerality, herbs and exotic fruit. It was one of the happiest moments of my life. Thank you Reinhard!