“Who, if not us? When, if not now?”

„Warum wir hier sind: um vor der schrecklichen Schönheit der Sterne zu zittern, eine Träne über die Perfektion von Beethovens Sinfonien zu vergießen und ab und zu ein kaltes Bier zu trinken“ (“Why we are here: to tremble before the terrible beauty of the stars, to shed a tear over the perfection of Beethoven’s symphonies and to drink a cold beer now and then,”) David Lettermann is reported to have said (cf. Instagram SWR2 12.4.22).

I wonder if he ever drank a Mosel? Perhaps he would then be talking about a cool glass of Mosel wine. Because some wines are like a shock of happiness, are allowed to accompany people’s moments of glory; during the day, in the evening and at night. The Moselle and its tributaries connect France, Luxembourg and Germany, all the way to Belgium, weaving a web through culture, nature, language, connecting places and us people.

What a gift to be able to live and work here. Tour groups from the other side of the world push

their way through the alleys of medieval Bernkastel-Kues, along the buildings from Roman times in Trier, visit wine presses from antiquity. The cathedral in Metz is one of the most beautiful Gothic churches in France, the Place Stanislas in Nancy one of the most beautiful in the world. The Madon flows into the Moselle at Pont-Saint-Vincent. It rises in Vioménil, where the Saône also rises, which flows into the Rhone and with it into the Mediterranean. The Moselle flows into the Rhine in Koblenz, with it into the North Sea.

This year, Esch-sur-Alzette has the honour of being the European Capital of Culture. The eponymous river of Luxembourg’s second-largest city rises in the French département of Meurthe-et-Moselle and flows northwards through the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

There it passes the Capital of Culture, digs its way through the state capital and flows into the Sauer at Ettelbrück. The Sauer, which comes from southeast Belgium, flows into the Moselle at Wasserbillig.

After five small German-language books about the Moselle, I, as the wife of a winegrower, also want to celebrate the internationality of the Moselle with this website; weave a small international network of insider tips via social media: where can you find special vineyards, the most delicious breads, legendary wines, the special nature reserve, the most beautiful village churches, extraordinary exhibitions, who makes the finest tartlets …?

In anticipation of your insider tips
Leiwen/ Moselle in April 2022
Annette Köwerich

PS My French is not perfect; neither is my English. Nevertheless, I dare to try. If you find any mistakes, feel free to keep them or write to me. I look forward to it. “Who, if not us? When, if not now?”, Joan of Arc, * c. 1412 in Domrémy, Lorraine; † 1431 in Rouen). Domrémy is located on the Meuse, 50 kilometres west of the Moselle town of Charmes.

„Warum wir hier sind: um vor der schrecklichen Schönheit der Sterne zu zittern, eine Träne über die Perfektion von Beethovens Sinfonien zu vergießen und ab und zu ein kaltes Bier zu trinken“ (“Why we are here: to tremble before the terrible beauty of the stars, to shed a tear over the perfection of Beethoven’s symphonies and to drink a cold beer now and then,”) David Lettermann is reported to have said (cf. Instagram SWR2 12.4.22).

I wonder if he ever drank a Mosel? Perhaps he would then be talking about a cool glass of Mosel wine. Because some wines are like a shock of happiness, are allowed to accompany people’s moments of glory; during the day, in the evening and at night. The Moselle and its tributaries connect France, Luxembourg and Germany, all the way to Belgium, weaving a web through culture, nature, language, connecting places and us people.

What a gift to be able to live and work here. Tour groups from the other side of the world push their way through the alleys of medieval Bernkastel-Kues, along the buildings from Roman times in Trier, visit wine presses from antiquity. The cathedral in Metz is one of the most beautiful Gothic churches in France, the Place Stanislas in Nancy one of the most beautiful in the world. The Madon flows into the Moselle at Pont-Saint-Vincent. It rises in Vioménil, where the Saône also rises, which flows into the Rhone and with it into the Mediterranean. The Moselle flows into the Rhine in Koblenz, with it into the North Sea.

This year, Esch-sur-Alzette has the honour of being the European Capital of Culture. The eponymous river of Luxembourg’s second-largest city rises in the French département of Meurthe-et-Moselle and flows northwards through the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. There it passes the Capital of Culture, digs its way through the state capital and flows into the Sauer at Ettelbrück. The Sauer, which comes from southeast Belgium, flows into the Moselle at Wasserbillig.

After five small German-language books about the Moselle, I, as the wife of a winegrower, also want to celebrate the internationality of the Moselle with this website; weave a small international network of insider tips via social media: where can you find special vineyards, the most delicious breads, legendary wines, the special nature reserve, the most beautiful village churches, extraordinary exhibitions, who makes the finest tartlets …?

In anticipation of your insider tips
Leiwen/ Moselle in April 2022
Annette Köwerich

PS My French is not perfect; neither is my English. Nevertheless, I dare to try. If you find any mistakes, feel free to keep them or write to me. I look forward to it. “Who, if not us? When, if not now?”, Joan of Arc, * c. 1412 in Domrémy, Lorraine; † 1431 in Rouen). Domrémy is located on the Meuse, 50 kilometres west of the Moselle town of Charmes.

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I have been living on the Mosel for 25 years as the wife of a winegrower. As a young agricultural engineer, I worked as a press officer for a professional association in Koblenz. The very first official trip took me to Leiwen, where the rural youth wanted to dance a world record polka. A young viticultural engineer introduced

 

me to the mysterious world of winemaking.
In the meantime, our three daughters have left home to study. If a book I’m looking for doesn’t exist, I work to make sure it does. As a farmer’s daughter from Eifel, I am used to clearing difficulties like snowdrifts out of the way.

About the author

I have been living on the Mosel for 25 years as the wife of a winegrower. As a young agricultural engineer, I worked as a press officer for a professional association in Koblenz. The very first official trip took me to Leiwen, where the rural youth wanted to dance a world record polka. A young viticultural engineer introduced me to the mysterious world of winemaking.
In the meantime, our three daughters have left home to study. If a book I’m looking for doesn’t exist, I work to make sure it does. As a farmer’s daughter from Eifel, I am used to clearing difficulties like snowdrifts out of the way.

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