Trier is Germany’s oldest town, settled by Romans for its location on the Mosel River and relatively mild climate. On the bluffs overlooking the city and bordering Luxembourg is the historic property of the aristocratic von Nell family, making Reisling wines since acquiring their lands during Napoleon’s time.
Currently the 8th generation is tending the lands, Georg Fritz von Nell. Down to earth and immensely charming, he drives a chartered bus into town to the local hotels to pick up people who wish to enjoy a wine tasting — all for only 10 euros!
I was happy to be hosted to be able to experience it.
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Simple outside, but complex inside, the allegory of: von Nell Winery
The outside of the von Nell Winery in Trier, Germany is simple and unassuming, but complex and intriguing inside, with depth of history. This winery has survived the Napoleonic wars, WWI and WWII — with terrifying Nazi barracks right in the neighborhood. The family has a history of being hardworking, intellectual and pious. When you try their wines, you realize that Riesling isn’t merely a wine, it’s a lifestyle.
The tasting experience at G.F. von Nell in Trier, Germany
For an aristocrat, “Fritz” von Nell really takes the starch out of wine tasting. It can be done either outside in a garden or inside a historic “stube” kind of room. He allows mobile campers on his property and even has a room to rent for that unique country stay.
Dining at G.F. von Nell Winery in Trier, Germany
The house specialty at the winery’s restaurant is “Trierer Schwenkbraten” (barbecued, deliciously marinated pork) with potato gratin and salad, an old family recipe. The meat is barbecued on wood from vine shoots, deriving its delicious flavor from it.
I learned that wine from around the Mosel River is a greenish-yellow and that if your glass is filled to the top, your date has lascivious intent! Also, candlelight is the best, next to sunlight, for looking at the wine. There’s a popular saying there, “The ladies must be young and the wine must be old.”
Their gift shop has wine and house-made jams.
You can do wine hikes with them up the steep Trier hills, take a wine appreciation class or hire a tour along the Mosel to learn more about the region and its wines.