On this day, we left the cosy town of Cochem and slowly started retracing our steps back to London. Figuratively, that is: we were taking trains, not walking!
And so we again witnessed the terraces on the slopes of the Mosel, and went through the tunnels, and crossed its bridges one more time. I’ll spare you the images and videos—you have more in the earlier posts 😏
Arriving in Trier, a former Roman city and the oldest town in Germany, we felt like stepping back into that hustle and bustle sphere we had left behind in Luxembourg. Suddenly, there was people everywhere, of all ages —not just retired people and young families, and not everyone was on holiday!
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It was our last day in Cochem and we still hadn’t had the chance to visit any of their wine bars. The shame!
I had bookmarked a few in my early research, but their strange timetables and ours didn’t quite seem to align.
However, after our kaffee und kuchen, we felt energised and determined to walk to this winery on the other side of the Mosel, crossing its imposing bridge, even if we weren’t quite sure of what to expect. Would it be open? Had it been open? Will it be open?
You can imagine what happened next: the place that websites and maps point you to was, in fact, shut.
But there was a sign inviting us to go round the corner and see… And when we went down the steps, we found a nice looking garden, but with a shut gate as well. Ahh! We would not be able to “take our shoes off and sip wine in the garden while the sun sets” as the owner of our hotel had described.
Although… we saw some people drinking wine under a canopy next door. It seemed to be part of the same wine bar, so we tentatively walked into the dark, cool space, and enquired: would it be possible to try out some wines?
Continue reading “Monday, 17/07/2023 (II): Weingut Hieronimi”
Another day in the trip, another castle to visit! Ah, what a hard life!
I’m obviously joking, as I love castles.
This time it was way easier to reach it, and there were no 5 km hikes, as when we went to Burg Eltz!
As we were already in Cochem, we did not need to take any train anywhere: we just needed to walk up to the castle and get in.
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The second winery we were going to visit on this day was just a 5 minute drive away, in Enkirch.
Daniel met us outside the winery building, and told us how the omnipresent Mosel slate stone was so important for them in many ways: as the soil in which the vines grow, and as the literal fabric of the building, as it was also made of slate! He also told us how the building was used as an strategic observation tower during war times, as it is tall and has an even taller tower!
Continue reading “Saturday, 15/07/2023 (II): Immich Anker”
Our friend Sven lives in Germany and was very excited that we got to visit his country.
He is also excited about wine and trying new things, so he mobilised his network of experts to find interesting wineries in the area, and drove to Bullay, where we also went to by train (with all the bends of the Mosel, it was the best option logistically speaking!).
So we met at the station, and then drove across the Mosel and past a number of terraced slopes that did nothing but fire our anticipation, until we arrived to Reil, a small beautiful village.
As it were to be the theme of the day, we got to meet the grandfather in the family, who exchanged a few words with us, and quickly called the person currently running the winery, Thorsten.
Continue reading “Saturday, 15/07/2023: Melsheimer Weingut”