This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers.
Cochem is a town at the river Mosel. Above the town, you can find an old castle: Reichsburg Cochem.
The term Reichsburg (empire castle) is from the medieval Holy Roman Empire, a time, where the imperator has had to move around in his empire constantly to control and to govern it.
This castle was founded in the late 12th or early 13th century and reconstructed in the mid 17th century. Thus it is a good example for the neo-gothic architecture style.
This is one of the loops of river Mosel in Germany. The river has many of these loops.
This is my photo for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness this week.
In my last post I told you a bit about the Mosel region and the options you have for your visit.
Today, I want to show you some details of the vineyards covering every possible side of the hills. The source of the wine.
As you can see in the photos, the twigs of the grapevines don’t have their leaves yet. But, it’s quite early in the year. But, the advantage is, you can also see the ground and how the soil is covered by small plants or by slate pieces. The whole hills consist of slate. This brings a very distinct microclimate to the vineyards.
Slate is also traditionally used for covering roofs or facades of houses to keep the walls dry.