Luxembourg is doted with an important culinary tradition, that translates into local feasts and traditional celebrations where you can taste sausages, Crémants or beers.
Here are some of the Luxembourg culinary specialties that you cannot avoid if you’re living in Luxembourg:
Luxembourg Crémants and wines
Wine tradition in Luxembourg
Crédit Photo Valery ShaninThe Moselle valley and Luxembourg’s lands have been used for wine culture since always: the Celts, the Gallics and then the Romans cultivated vine. The Moselle wine became reputed throughout the centuries.
Since the beginning of the 20st century, thanks to the introduction of noble grape varieties as well as a new generation of wine-growers associated with foreign enological advisors, a striking improvement of the wine quality has been noticed. That nowadays translates into an acknowledgment of the Luxembourg wines and Crémants (high quality sparkling wine) during the international competitions.
Most of the Luxembourgish Moselle slopes are nowadays covered in vineyards. The vine population counts noble grape varieties such as the Auxerrois, the Pinot Blanc, the Pinot Gris and the Riesling. 42km of Moselle valleys in total, from Schenghen to Wasserbillig, on two cantons: the one of Remich, with rich and fertile grounds and the one of Grevenmacher, with limestone grounds that erode slowly. Both of them produce great vintages that differentiate themselves by their diversity and deserve their renowned designations.
Numerous Crémant producers can be found in Luxembourg. Here are the most renowned:
- The Alice Hartmann domain in Wormeldange, open every Friday from 14:00 to 18:00 – on appointment any other day
- The Bernard Massard caves, situated in Grevenmacher (opening hours depending on the season)
- The Domaines Vins Moselle, established in Wormeldange, propose the Poll-Fabaire Crémants
- The Domaine Mathis Bastian, situated in Remich
Tasting of Luxembourg Crémants
You can taste Luxembourgish wines and Crémants directly at the concerned caves.
You could organise a wine tasting with your friends as well. Is there any better way of discovering the Luxembourg terroir’s products? You will find all the information you need like the participating wine-growers, how to go there and how to get your invitation on the vins-cremants.lu website.
Up to the 2000s, Luxembourg counted no less than 65 breweries for more than 100 beer brands!
Nowadays, six Luxembourg breweries, specialised in blond beers, called “Pils”among the most renowned can be counted:
- Brasserie Nationale, that produces the Bofferding and Battin beers.
- Brasserie du Luxembourg, that produces, among others, the Diekirch and Mousel brands.
It can be noted that the Rives de Clausen (Clausen banks) in Clausen district have been created on the former Mousel beers production site. It is now a place to go out, that counts several bars and clubs.
Other Luxembourgish culinary specialties
An essential part of Luxembourg Christmas markets, the Grompererkichelcher are traditional potato galettes prepared with onions, shallots, parsley, eggs, flour and fried with oil. They are then served with apple compote in order to get a delicious sweet and salty mix.
Sausages and Grillwurst
Several types of sausages can be distinguished. Grillwurst are white meat sausages made of pork meat, baked in a wood-fired oven and served in a hotdog bread.
Mettwurst sausages are also made of pork meat, but are smoked.
Desserts and pastries
Two pastries are specific to Luxembourg and deserve to be acknowledged:
- The Bamkuch is a cake cooked on a spit and served on special occasions, like weddings or Communions. You can find it in traditional bakeries and cake shops.
- The Boxenmännchen are man-shaped brioches, sometimes sweetened or with chocolate. They are most of the time enjoyed during Saint Nicholas celebration and year’s end celebrations.
- Do you know pretzels? This sweet or savory cake is the object of a true tradition to declare your love to your lover!
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