TELL ME WHERE YOU COME FROM AND I’LL TELL YOU WHO YOU ARE
…This is how the philosophy of protected designation of origin [ Appellation d‘Origine Protégée ( AOP ) in French ] can be described in a nutshell, and this applies also to « Moselle Luxembourgeoise », which is a designation of origin. The AOP attests that a product is produced, processed and made according to an established procedure in a specified geographic region. Man, tradition, and natural conditions ( soil, climate, slope gradient and orientation ), the terroir in other words, give the product its identity.
Terroir is a concept which is not used exclusively in viticulture. It generally describes the affiliation to a region or a limited area, which is interrelated with the product. The French word terroir can be translated as « soil » or « stemming from the soil ». From the wine-making point of view, terroir describes the overall natural setting of the vineyard with its many interrelations. Not only the soil of the initial vineyard, but rather the complex interplay between soil, topography, climate and human influence ( e.g. type and style of vinification ).
The vine is a cultivated plant, with complex climatic requirements. Temperature, precipitation, and period of sunshine play a decisive role. Owing to its geological nature and geographic location, Luxembourg’s wine-growing region is favoured by a maritime climate with a continental influence.