Moselle is an administrative departement in the far north-east of France. Its white, rosé and red wines are sold under the Moselle appellation title. The departement is named after the famous Mosel river, which bisects its western edge.
The Mosel rises in the Vosges Mountains of Alsace, and after flowing through Moselle, continues northwards to form the border between Luxembourg and Germany (where it ultimately becomes the heart of the Mosel wine region).
The Moselle area's high latitude of 49°N makes it France's northernmost wine region, matched only by a tiny number of vineyards right at the northern limits of Champagne. The climate here is generally continental, but there are various mesoclimates formed by the river itself and the topography it has created.
The palette of grape varieties available to Moselle's winemakers bears all the hallmarks of cool climate viticulture. Auxerrois Blanc and Muller-Thurgau are the most commonly employed, although consumer trends have encouraged change, leading to increased plantings of Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and Gamay.
Most wines produced under the Moselle title are light, aromatic whites with crisp acidity.