When in the Mosel, do as the Romans did

It is a generally accepted fact that the Romans first planted the vineyards that we see today along the length of the Mosel, starting a tradition of winemaking that has – apart from a little mechanisation – has changed relatively little over the centuries.

For those of you who are interested in the Roman period of the area, there are many things scattered around to grab your attention. Of course, the most famous and impressive ruins are those to be found in Trier with its remarkably well-preserved Porta Nigra which was one of four city gates in the old city walls but there are also remnants of the old baths, a bridge as well as a basilica now incorporated into a church.

However, it does not end there and there are artefacts scattered throughout the region. I stumbled across the above carving set into the wall of one of the houses in my street in Zell, and the fact there is a street called Am Römerbad (literally “At the Roman Bath”) indicates that Zell once had a settlement. Elsewhere, there are remnants of a Roman winepress, villas, milestones, pipelines and much more.

To celebrate the Roman influence on the region and the wine they brought with them, check out the “Römische Weinstraße” (Roman Wine Route) which combines a scenic journey through the valley taking in some of the sights as well as offering many splendid opportunities to sample the wines each town and village has to offer. Details of the route can be found by clicking here and here.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: