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.