The Luxembourg Wine Route
The Luxembourg wine route extends over 42km, from Schengen to Wasserbillig.
The Luxembourg vineyards cover roughly 3,200 acres (1,300 hectares), which lie on the banks of the Moselle river and its affluents.
The Luxembourg Moselle boasts first rate vineyards which are the basis for wines of great quality. The best vineyards have a southern, south-east or south-west orientation.
Many wineries invite wine lovers to taste their wines during a visit to their cellars.
The grape varieties
Since 2015, the Luxembourgish wines have been labeled 'Moselle luxembourgeoise — Appelation d'origine protégée (AOP)'. They are crafted from nine grape varieties, after which they are also named.
- The Elbling is the eldest of the Luxembourg wines, having been cultivated since the Roman era. This is a light, very refreshing wine. 8.9% of the Luxembourg vineyards cultivate Elbling.
- The Rivaner is the most-consumed variety in Luxembourg. This is a fruity, dry and round wine which is consumed young of age. The Rivaner represents 28.5% of the Luxembourg vineyard production.
- The Auxerrois is a soft, fruity wine often favoured by connoisseurs. 39.5% of the Luxembourg vineyard production is Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc or Pinot Gris.
- The Riesling is considered to be the 'king of wines' in Luxembourg, with its rich and elegant bouquet. Wormeldange, which boasts the most high-lying vineyard plateau in Luxembourg, the 'Köppchen', is Luxembourg's capital city of the Riesling. 12.5% of the Luxembourg vineyards Luxembourger are reserved for one of the best Rieslings in the world.
- The Gewürztraminer is a wine with distinct fragrances and a spicy bouquet. It is a harmonious wine which goes along perfectly with a desert or fermented cheese.
- The Pinot gris is an opulent wine with a tender and aromatic bouquet. Due to its full body, it goes along perfectly with red meat.
- The Pinot blanc is an agreeably fresh white wine, elegant and with a convincing softness. It stems from successive mutations of Pinot Gris vines.
- The Pinot Noir is a vine originating from the French Bourgogne region, used for the production of red or rosé wines. This is a fvery fruity wine with an elegant bouquet. 7.4% of the Luxembourg vineyards produce Pinot Noir.
- The Chardonnay variety is a new arrival on the Luxembourg Moselle. This is a fruity wine with an agreeable structure.
The first ice wines only started appearing in Luxembourg in 1993; the first late vintage wines and straw wines only started being produced in 1995.
Many Luxembourgish wines are regularly awarded in international competitions, such as the Concours mondial de Bruxelles, the Vinalies internationales or the ProWein in Düsseldorf.
More than one wine is mentioned in the famous Guide Hachette des vins, a real reference work for wine adepts. Indeed, Luxembourg has the right to its own chapter in this book, alongside the best French wines