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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  • Germany

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Australia

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

  • Mosel

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

  • 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 ...

Popular Wineries using Riesling

  • Weingut Eugen Wehrheim

    A 600+ year old winery situated in the German Rheinhessen region of the Rhine. Family owned and ...

  • Moselland

    It is a vital to us that we have control over producing our own grapes. From grape to finished wi...

  • Weingut Mönchhof

    Robert Eymael leads since 1994 the Wine Estate. Joke and humor paired with a quality-conscious...

  • Müller-Catoir

    Surprisingly flavoursome; full-bodied and very racy, rich in extract and with a fruity acidity st...

  • A. Christmann

    In 1845 Prof. Dr. Ludwig Häusser, professor of history at Heidelberg University and a member of t...

  • Josef Friederich

    The Philosophy Ewald Friederich's outstanding repu¬tation as a winegrower, his love of wines and...

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  • S.a. Prum Essence Riesling 2012


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Charles Smith Riesling Columbia Valley Kung Fu Girl 2012


    After many years of seeing this wine get loads of accolades, I had to try it. I ... I have tasted thousands of Rieslings over the past 40 years, as this is my favorite grape. The wine has a perfect acid balance and is on the drier side. Flavors are mostly citrus without the complexity or fruit offered in Germany. It is somewhat singular and sim... Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • Aura, GregT is one of the most informed of all the contributors to this forum. ... in the U.S. are made from Riesling grapes.  So, while I agree that drinking a wine that gives you headaches is not a good idea, and, since, I'll also bet that the California wine that your friend is suggesting to you is made from Chardonnay grapes, then I would ... Read More

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  • Chateau Grand Traverse Riesling Old Mission Peninsula Dry Riesling 2011


    Living in the grand traverse area, chateau grand traverse dry riesling is normally my go to white wine for cooking and drinking. It's affordable, reliable and tastes great. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Long Shadows Riesling Poet's Leap 2012


    12.5 grams per liter residual sugarGorgeous aromatics, all lime zesty and spicy with herbal nuance greet the nose over creamy lemon pith with a hint almost cinnamon spice. A bit sweet early on the palate with nicely integrated acids. This is a little dusty on the palate showing early signs of strawberry fruit that turns more creamy and sweet w... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • After a brief introduction to the the state of Washington this past Monday I ... The Estates Ancient Lakes Riesling 12.5% 4 grams rs Evergreen Vineyard Honeycomb, dried herb and earth aromas emerge from the glass along with some preachy undertones and hints of mint and diesel. Opening with a nice mineral edge this turns lean and nervous on the... Read More

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  • Eroica Gold Riesling 2012


    75 grams per liter residual sugar 35% botrytis infected, natural occurring, Lime, peach and chalk appear on the nose followed by spicy botrytis aromas that make this almost gingery. Sweet/tart on entry, this has lots of acid hiding behind the obvious sweetness of the palate, which really brings out the peachy character here. The botrytis pops on... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling 2012


    16.66 grams per liter residual sugar Big lime and lemon aromas greet the nose layered over a nice mineral base note with a hint of steel and some heathery floral highlights. Bright juicy acids lend an almost firm feel to this on the palate which shows that hint of sweet roundness balance with the steely mineral acids. Clear and fresh on the pala... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Markus Molitor Trabener Wurzgarten Auslese Trocken 1991


    10,5% -Acidity 9,4 - RS 5,7 Read More

    Wine review by holly75

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