Top 10 cool climate wine regions

29th March, 2016 by Sally Easton MW

1. Ruwer River region, Germany

GST: 13.8

Plantings: 8,800ha (including rest of Mosel region)

Main grapes:  60% Riesling, 12% Muller-Thurgau; 6% Elbling

Including its tributary rivers Saar and Ruwer, this is classic cool climate territory.

“Cool climate wines have always more playfulness, balance and elegance”, said Annegret Reh-Gartner of Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt, which has vineyards in all three river valleys. “The main reason is that the plant struggles more to ripen. In our region the slate soil adds to it as it is pretty poor in nutrition and the roots have to go deep down, 7-15 m depending on age, to find enough nutrition. This gives them more subtlety and many different aromas. The long ripening season of the cool climate – 120-150 days between flowering and harvest – adds to….

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