The wine-growing area is located in northeastern France between the Champagne and the northern one Alsace close to the border Germany, The area goes back to the historic Duchy of Lorraine. From 1960 to 2015 formed Lorraine, a separate region with the capital Metz. As part of the regional mergers, from 2016 the region Grand Est (Great East) with the capital Strasbourg was founded Alsace Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne. The historic landscape was once a thriving wine-growing region. Already the Celts (Gauls) operated here before the turn of the century viticulture. In 1890, the vineyard was still 30,000 hectares, of which 6,000 to the city of Toul. The phylloxera destroyed a lot of it.
After the planting of new vines, the grape must was bought up by wholesalers of the Champagne and processed into champagne. This was completed in 1907 after the origin of the designation of origin "Champagne". The subsequent planting inferior hybrids and the devastation of the battles of the First World War (1914-1918) and industrialization brought a total decline for viticulture. Today only 115 hectares are left, so Lorraine is by far the largest least Region of France. It was only in 1951 that two regional wine-growing areas were defined.
The AOP Côtes de Toul covers about 80 hectares of vineyards on limestone soil to the west of Toul in the eight municipalities Blénod -les-Toul, Bruley, Bulligny, Charmes-la-Côte, Domgermain, Lucey, Mont-le-Vignoble and Pagney-Derrière-Barine , These are the red wines Gamay. Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as well as the white wine variety Auxerrois authorized. A local specialty is the light rosé wine Vin gris (brightly pressed red wine), which is mainly blended from the variety Gamay and at least 10% Pinot Noir.
The former VDQS division Vin de Moselle was classified in 2010 as AOP Moselle . The vineyards cover 35 hectares of vines on stony limestone soils in about 20 communities on the slopes of the Moselle (Moselle) and Seille rivers. It produces red wines, rosé wines and white wines. For the red varieties Pinot Noir, Gamay, Pinot Meunier, and the white varieties Auxerrois, Pinot Gris. Pinot Blanc. Müller-Thurgau. Gewurztraminer and Riesling authorized. About 80% make the varieties Pinot Noir, Auxerrois and Pinot Gris.
Well-known producers in Lorraine are Bruant, Vincent Gorny, Simon Hollerich, Michel and Marcel Laroppe, André and Roland Lelièvre, Yves Masson, Fernand Poirson, Stromberg, Société Vinicole du Toulouis, Domaine de la Vacquiniere, Domaines de Vinsmoselle and Michel Vosgien.