Graach an der Mosel

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Graach an der Mosel
Coat of arms of Graach an der Mosel
Coat of arms
Graach an der Mosel   is located in Germany
Graach an der Mosel
Graach an der Mosel
Coordinates: 49°56′6″N 7°3′45″E / 49.93500°N 7.06250°E / 49.93500; 7.06250Coordinates: 49°56′6″N 7°3′45″E / 49.93500°N 7.06250°E / 49.93500; 7.06250
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Bernkastel-Wittlich
Municipal assoc. Bernkastel-Kues
Subdivisions 2
Government
 • Mayor Werner Geller
Area
 • Total 8.64 km2 (3.34 sq mi)
Elevation 105 m (344 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 669
 • Density 77/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 54470
Dialling codes 06531
Vehicle registration WIL
Website www.graach.de

Graach an der Mosel is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Bernkastel-Wittlich district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Graach, church

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

The municipality belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Bernkastel-Kues, whose seat is in the like-named town.

While Graach’s main centre, also called Graach, lies in the Moselle valley, the outlying centre of Schäferei lies above the vineyards at an elevation of some 300 m above sea level.

Constituent communities[edit]

Graach’s Ortsteile are Graach and Graach-Schäferei.

History[edit]

In 975, Graach had its first documentary mention as Gracha.

Politics[edit]

Municipal council[edit]

The council is made up of 12 council members, who were elected by proportional representation at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, and the honorary mayor as chairman.

The municipal election held on 7 June 2009 yielded the following results:[2]

  CDU VBB Kemmer Total
2009 8 2 2 12 seats

Winegrowing[edit]

The municipality’s appearance is characterized by wineries, mostly built of quarried stone, and wine estates.

Some 90% of Graach’s vineyard area is in the form of steep-slope vineyards, and 95% of it is given over to raising Riesling grapes. One peculiarity is the cluster of ecclesiastical names borne by many of the local winemaking locations, such as Himmelreich (“Kingdom of Heaven”), Domprobst (“Cathedral Provost”) and Abtsberg (“Abbot’s Mountain”), which bear lasting witness to the ecclesiastical princes’ and monasteries’ ancient predilection for Graach’s wine slopes. Over a road used mainly by winegrowers, Graach is linked to Bernkastel-Kues, where the gate through which the road passes into town is called the Graach Gate (Graacher Tor in German).

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