The commune of Wormeldange includes the picturesque wine-growing communities of Ahn, Ehnen, Machtum, and Wormeldange, and is located along the Moselle River which marks the boundary between the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Federal Republic of Germany. The commune today has a population of 2250 people.
Our postage stamp is a montage showing traditional activities in this commune: those relating to the vineyard and the orchard.
The vineyard of the "Wormer Këppchen" (the small knoll of Wormeldange) is among the most prestigious of Luxembourg. Cultivated there is mostly Riesling, a variety which gives white wine an unusual purity. The knoll of "Këppchen" is dominated by a chapel dedicated to St. Donat, the patron saint who protects against lightning, hail, and vine disease, and every year the chapel is the destination of a solemn pilgrimage.
The old fruit-crushing mill shown in the foreground is located in the center of the community of Ahn and was used until the 1920s by wine-growers who, alongside their vineyards, worked their orchards to produce not only excellent cider and perry, but also to distill white alcohol much sought after by connoisseurs.