Toasting with a Piesporter Goldtrphen Spatlese wine and fresh grape juice along the Moselle.

Piesporter is a wine made in and around the village of Piesport on the north bank of the Mosel wine region of Germany. A white, light body wine that ranges from dry to off-dry, it can be made from Riesling, Müller-Thurgau or Elbling grapes.

In 371 A.D, the Roman poet Ausonius described the steep hills surrounding the river bend at Piesport as a natural amphitheatre covered with vines. Archaeological excavations have found several Diatretgläser (ornate glass Roman drinking vessels that served as status symbols of wealth and importance in Roman times.)
At the foot of the Goldtröpfchen vineyard in Piesport, a 4th century AD Roman press house was discovered in 1985. With 7 basins, it could handle grapes from 60 hectares (148 acres)-making it the largest found north of the Alps.
In 1763, Lutheran pastor Johannes Hau, convinced the local growers to plant Riesling grape exclusively and donated vines from his own vineyard. Today Riesling is still the dominant grape of the Piesport region.
The slate-blue Devon slate soil is soft, light and stony, ensuring good water supply and is especially apt at absorbing the sunshine reflected by the Mosel River upon the steep south facing slopes. This helps to produce an optimal climate for Riesling grapes, giving “true” Piesporter wine a great finesse, a plethora of aromas, and a crisp & exotic finish.