Village of Hettermillen, Moselle Valley © Christian Ries
The Moselle Valley has been a wine-growing region since the 19th century, now developed as an important tourist industry thanks to its rural atmosphere and idyllic environment. Along the riverbanks of the Moselle River, a tributary of the Rhine, are vineyards that produce a wine which connoisseurs rate as among the best in Europe. A wine tour through the quiet villages and wine cellars of the region proves a scenic and relaxing experience. The principal town of Grevenmacher is old with narrow streets, the remains of medieval fortifications and a 13th-century belfry. The town's claim to fame is the wine cellars of Caves Bernard-Massard, housing internationally-acclaimed sparkling wines. There is a small museum in the town, and an exotic butterfly garden.