The wine-growing region lies in the northeast of France between the Champagne and the northern one Alsace close to the border Germany, The area goes back to the historical Duchy of Lorraine. From 1960 to 2015, Lorraine formed its own region with the capital Metz. As part of the regional mergers, the region Grand Est (Great East) with the capital Strasbourg was founded from 2016, which covers the areas Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne. The historical landscape was once a flourishing wine-growing region. Already that Celts (Gauls) operated viticulture here before the turn of the times. In 1890 the area under vines was still 30,000 hectares, including 6,000 around the city of Toul. The phylloxera destroyed much of it.
After the planting of new vines, the grape must was bought by Champagne wholesalers and processed into champagne. This ended in 1907 after the origin of the “Champagne” designation of origin. The subsequent planting was less hybrids and the devastation caused by the battles of the First World War (1914-1918) and industrialization brought a total decline to viticulture. Today there are only 115 hectares left, which makes Lorraine far more extensive least Region of France. It was not until 1951 that two regional wine-growing areas were defined.
The AOP Côtes de Toul encompasses around 80 hectares of vineyards on limestone rubble soils west of Toul in the eight municipalities of Blénod-lès-Toul, Bruley, Bulligny, Charmes-la-Côte, Domgermain, Lucey, Mont-le-Vignoble and Pagney-Derrière-Barine , It is the red wine varieties 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 (lightly pressed red wine), which is blended mainly from the Gamay variety and at least 10% Pinot Noir.
The former VDQS division Vin de Moselle was classified as AOP Moselle in 2010. The vineyards cover 35 hectares of vineyards on stony limestone soils in around 20 communities on the slopes of the Moselle (Moselle) and Seille rivers. Red wines, rosé wines and white wines are produced. The red varieties Pinot Noir, Gamay, Pinot Meunier, and the white varieties Auxerrois, Pinot gris. Pinot Blanc. Müller-Thurgau. Gewurztraminer and Riesling authorized. Pinot Noir, Auxerrois and Pinot Gris make up over 80%.
Well-known producers in Lorraine are Bruant, Vincent Gorny, Simon-Hollerich, Michel et Marcel Laroppe, André et Roland Lelièvre, Yves Masson, Fernand Poirson, Stromberg, Société Vinicole du Toulouis, Domaine de la Vacquiniere, Domaines de Vinsmoselle and Michel Vosgien.