The Saarmündung at Konz. Here the Saar flows into the Moselle and winds around the valley 250 km to the Deutsches Eck at Koblenz.
The world famous Saarschleife in the morning fog. Coming from the Vosges, the Saar River winds its way through the mountains into industrial Saarland, before the first vines can be seen in Serrig.
Over 2,000 years ago, the Romans brought their vines to the Moselle, Saar and Ruwer and established viticulture on the primeval, steep slopes. The small cultivation area stretches along the river from Serrig up to Konz.
The Saar is about 50-100 meters higher than the Moselle and is therefore often referred to as the “cool sister of the Moselle”. The specific terroir of the meager Devonian soil together with the microclimatic conditions provides the best conditions for the production of fully ripe, highly aromatic grapes with full flavor. The result is wines of an explosive bouquet of fruit, light in alcohol and fascinating in their elegance and finesse. Riesling, the “queen” of the vines, has been cultivated since the Middle Ages and meets the best growth conditions on the steep slopes. Like no other grape variety, it reflects the character of its vineyards and is capable of producing an impressive array of wine styles. Whether a dry quality wine, light and delicate “Kabinett”, ripe and elegant “Spätlese” or sweet “Auslese”, “Beerenauslese” or “Eiswein”, Saar Rieslings offer a unique and flavorful selection to choose from.
In addition to the popular Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir are also grown on the banks of the Saar. The exciting aromas and lasting finish allow them to enjoy an excellent reputation all over the world. In the 19th century Saar Rieslings of significant vineyards were even sold at higher prices than some Bordeaux wines. Today’s excellent results in competitions and auctions around the world show that these wines have lost none of their prestige.