Wine tourism: when wine growers open their doors to you
Wine tourism is gaining more and more momentum. It is about experiencing wine in all of its glory. Wine growers delight in opening their doors to you so you can taste their grapevine products, so feel free to cross their threshold.
Since 2011, Martine and Frank have been in charge of the family estate on the heights of Ehnen, a small picturesque village. The couple handles 22 acres of vines overall. They have enjoyed sharing their attachment to wine, gastronomy and encounters over the past few years - which is why they have opened their doors to the general public. At the wine bar and on their terrace located at the heart of their estate, the Keyser-Kohll couple welcomes wine tourists who wish to discover new grape varieties or unknown wines. Known as 'De Riefstack' (the vine stock), a well-chosen name, it boasts a breathtaking view of the village at the foot of their property. All you need to do is make a request and they will be delighted to welcome you.
The wine bar 'De Riefstack' is open every Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. from June to September. Outside this period, the Keyser-Kohll couple welcomes you by appointment only.
Wine tourism in Luxembourg
Wine tourism is a gourmet journey where wine and gastronomy go hand in hand beautifully. The success of this new holiday style seems to have grown in recent years. In fact, figures speak for themselves. In 2019, some 52,000 wine tourists visited Luxembourg's wine-growing region. Most of them came from Belgium (22%), Germany (8%) and the Netherlands (7%). According to statistics, Luxembourgish wine seems to be to their liking, as 28% of visitors returned to the wine bars of the Grand Duchy at least five times.
As for Luxembourgers themselves, 53% of them went to a wine tasting in 2019, while a fourth of them have even regularly opted for wine tourism along the Moselle. The same survey indicates that wine tourists have a particular affinity for nature (64%), walking (44%) and even cycling (23%).
Most winegrowers take a real pleasure in having people discover their wines, be it in their vineyard, their cellar or their restaurant, just like the Domaines Vinsmoselle, Luxembourg's largest wine and crémant producer with over 300 winegrowers. Based in four locations along the Moselle river, in Remerschen, Wellenstein, Wormeldange and Grevenmacher, the estate promotes its grapevine products with great commitment. If you fancy tasting some of their good house wine, come enjoy a delicious get-away at the Domaines Vinsmoselle. You don't need to make an appointment to go to the wine bar in Wormeldange.
The same goes for the Desome estate. In its contemporary and modern pavilion in Remich, the estate's chef invites guests to tasting tours, accompanied by delicious dishes made with fresh seasonal produce. From the vine to the glass, the red to the white, the rosé to the crémant. At the Desom estate, wine tourism means you can experience wine in all its glory.
Events not to be missed
Wines and crémants
When it comes to wine tastings, one of the highlights is certainly the Wine and Crémant Festival, which is usually celebrated under the circus top of the Glacis in November. However, due to the current health crisis and the inherent hygiene measures, the organizers had to change their concept.
In the wake of the health crisis, the 2020 edition of the event will feature the discovery of good wines accompanied by regional delicacies at the very heart of the wineries participating in the event. In all, some forty winegrowers welcomed those interested.
Wine Cheese Enjoy
If you would like to taste the best wines and crémants of the Moselle around a delicious raclette or fondue, the Wine Cheese Enjoy event is a must on your wine route. The next edition will take place from 4 to 5 February 2023.
This winter tasting organised on the initiative of the ORT Moselle should take place in February. Cheese specialties alongside grapevine products are sure to delight your taste buds.
The winemakers, distillers and restaurateurs will be happy to open the door for you.
Wine Taste Enjoy
Crémants, Riesling, white and red wines, Rivaner, Auxerrois, ice wines and straw wines - the list of Luxembourgish wine products is long. If you would like to discover Luxembourg's Moselle region with your tastebuds, we highly recommend you attend the event Wine Taste Enjoy, which takes place on the weekend of Pentecost.
Many winegrowers will be delighted to welcome you so you can taste their best grapevine products. An extensive entertainment programme in a friendly atmosphere will enrich the event over these two days of festivities.