his small, pretty and well ordered country is increasingly a western European transport hub with travellers making haste to Germany, France, Belgium or perhaps catching a plane to London. Yet it is also a relaxed, civilised holiday destination. If your itinerary does include a night (or even a few hours) in the Grand Duchy then insist on drinking the local wines as the quality will surprise you. Luxembourg shares with England a northerly latitude, missing the latter’s maritime amelioration but compensating with continental summers. If seemingly too far north in French terms, viticulture here is in fact on the upper reaches of the Moselle (Mosel) river where it forms the border with Germany before turning east and wrapping itself around those extraordinary sites in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. The river and its proximity to often steep and well-drained slopes is crucially important as have been the recent string of hot summers. From 1300 ha of vines along a 42 km stretch that extends north from Schengen (the reknown tri-cornered border with France and Germany), the best vineyards have been classified as Grands Premiers Crus (GPC). Parcels within some of these lieux-dits are the source of the most exciting wines but they must come from a top producer (see below).

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