Riesling

Name of varietal: Riesling

Common synonyms: Rhineriesling, Johannisberger, Gentile Aromatique, Hochheimer, Rizling, Rheinriesling, Rieslinger, Reynai, White Riesling
 
Parentage of the grape: likely indigenous to Germany
 
History of the grape: As with many varietals, exact details of Riesling’s origins are unclear. It is known that in 14th century Germany, attention shifted to white grape cultivation when it was obvious that red grapes weren’t up to snuff compared to those with more color and structure from neighboring countries. The first written mention of Riesling is dated March 13, 1435 when Count Katzenelnbogen at Russelsheim bought six vines of Riesling from Klaus Kleinfish for 22 soldi. From this point, there is written evidence throughout the 15th century of various sales and plantings around Germany as well as Austria and Alsace. The meticulous German artist Hieronymus Bosch makes a mention of it in his book on herbs, published in 1577, using the modern spelling Read more »

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Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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  • Rhine

    The Rhine (Rhein in German, Rhin in French) is a major river that gives its name to a Tafelwein...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • New Zealand

    The history of New Zealand wine-making dates back to the 1800s when settlers planted vines and ...

  • Germany

    Germany is the producer of some of the most admired wines in the world. These are its Rieslings...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Austria

    Austria is located in the heart of Europe and is known for incredibly dry whites of exceptional ...

  • Alsace

    This region, wedged between the Rhine River and the Voges Mountains, is the product of a fascin...

  • Mosel

    The Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, now called simply the Mosel, is the best-known wine-producing region in G...

Popular Wineries using Riesling

  • Weingut Graf von Kanitz

    The idea to treat nature in an environmentally friendly way had already begun in 1968 through our...

  • Weingut Fader Kastanienhof

    Our family winery is located in one of the most beautiful village streets of Germany: the Theresa...

  • Weingut Munzberg

    The objective of our wine making philosophy is to develop the full flavour potential nature has p...

  • Weingut Pfeffingen Fuhrmann-Eymael

    The Pfeffingen wine estate looks like a model Palatinate wine-producing operation. It is nestled ...

  • Weingut Jacob Hamm

    Five centuries link the homestead and the baroque “Patrizierhaus” of resent-day Hamm Winery toge...

  • Weingut Peter Argus

    You will find our vineyard in the Southern Wine Route Gleisweiler. The village is located 30 mile...

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Riesling on Snooth

  • Mud in the vineyards, transportation delays elsewhere because of the rain, (in ... Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot gris and others rot easily. Pinot Noir is also sensitive to moisture in multiple ways (see below). Cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot, and to a slightly lesser extent merlot and malbec, are considered fairly indestru... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2014 Santa Lucia California...


  • Leitz Dragonstone Riesling 2012

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    I love this Riesling! It is sweet yet balanced! Read More

    Wine review by MochaDoc


  • Dr. Lossen Dr. L Mosel Riesling 2012

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    8.5% Alcohol, Crisp Green Apple Pear, Honey Dew Melon Fruit, a bit on the sweet side rather than dry. A bit of unfired Clay smell taste. Silky mouth feel, but great with Spicy Food. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Whew,,, Peter and Adam Just dodged a major bullet and Now I am wanting to reserve the 2014 Cargassaci and Keefer Pinot Noirs from Siduri..Just as the final grapes were harvested by Peter Cargassaci for Siduri Wines it started to pour Rain...  The story will be told, just as I taught a Wine Class 2 days prior regarding Pinot Noir/ Burgundy.Exactl... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2014 Santa Lucia California...


  • Sparkling water or Seltzer is a good accompaniment to the workhorse grape you ... you mention... it does have Riesling parentage but tastes nothing like it.  I have been fed M-T on many a tour - and though serviceable, it is pretty dull stuff.In fact, I recommend adding that sparkling water (even eau de vie) to this kind of wine.  To add it to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mueller Thergeau


  • H. Donnhoff Ries. Auslese Norheimer Dellchen 2006

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    Special bottle. This was given to me by a coworker on a special occasion and ... ... with a hint of classic riesling petrol and orange marmalade. Tasting this in 2014, there's a fair bit of age on this, shown in the deep amber color and the cooked fruit flavors. Truly a decadent wine, off-dry and pleasant, still holding enough acidity to supp... Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Thank you to all that replied to my question.  And thank you for the ... ... ... here.  I did buy a riesling from one of the local wine stores to try and did manage to find (in all of the places I would never have thought) a sparkling water in Wal-Mart! I must say that tasted much better than club soda.  The riesling is not bad, not the same ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mueller Thergeau


  • Rochford Winery hosts the biggest annual concert event in the Yarra Valley, A ... ... Drink now. 87.Rochford Riesling 2010, Yarra Valley$27 at cellar door. Don’t see too much Riesling from the Yarra Valley. A small batch wine with 50-100 dozen produced depending on the vintage. Currently still selling 2010, and the subsequent years are held b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Rochford Winery, Yarra...


  • Northern Natural Dry Riesling NV

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    Decent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Sounds like a nice memory of your visit.In Germany and particularly Austria ... in Japan. Frankly, I prefer riesling, but I like MT better than sylvaner (which I do occasionally drink), so it does have its place for me depending on my mood and what's available. I tend to drink all of those wines straight, and not in that spritzer style, but I ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mueller Thergeau


  • Some more Riesling words and wines if you like: http://www.winewriting.com/2012/06/australia-riesling.html http://www.winewriting.com/2012/04/austria-weingut-sepp-moser.html http://www.winewriting.com/2011/02/darting-estate-riesling-vs-rhone.html http://www.winewriting.com/2011/11/germany-reichsrat-von-buhl-grand-cru.html http://www.winewriting...

    Comment by 274063Richard M James 274063 Richard M James


  • anyone ever try Chateau Ste. Michelle's harvest select reisling

    Comment by 878999joe the wine oh 878999 joe the wine oh


  • This Sunday at the Amsterdam Market in NYC: 30 New York wineries showcase their wines: http://www.newamsterdammarket.org/index_november/12.05_market.html. Nice opportunity to taste some good NY Riesling.

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen


  • I am trying to locate, KRUCK, Riesling 2008

    Comment by 463822Delland 463822 Delland


  • Dear Friends of the Good Grape, if you happen to live in the NYC area, here is a walk for you: http://www.grapesandgrainsnyc.com/2010/07/08/summer-of-riesling-wine-bar-crawl/ Best, Der Kellermeister

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen


  • Try www.wine-searcher.com

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen


  • Where can I find a Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling in the Sacramento area?

    Comment by 215948holliwouldnt 215948 holliwouldnt


  • Westhofener Kirchspiel Auslese Riesling (www.winesforhumanity.com) from Germany. The bouquet of this full-bodied and at the same time graceful. Riesling is characterised by gooseberries and currants, underscored by a distinctive minerality and earthy notes. A selection with a lot of structure and volume. The delicate sweetness and the stable ...

    Comment by 261764mmgalilei 261764 mmgalilei


  • I live in the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY where some of the best rieslings in the world are made, yet I don't see a single NYS riesling in your list.

    Comment by 388545notgibson 388545 notgibson


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