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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  • 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 ...

  • Germany

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

  • Alsace

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

  • Rhine

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

  • 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

  • Château Paul Mas

    For over 170 years, González Byass has committed itself to research and quality for its range of ...

  • Château De Seguin

    Château de Seguin in Bordeaux is part of the CHRIS-WINE Group. An indenpendent and family owned w...

  • Cordier

    United since the merger of two century-old trading houses, Cordier and Mestrezat.The Cordier Mest...

  • Albert Boxler

    Albert Boxler is a 300-year-old family winery in the small town of Niedermorschwihr. The domaine ...

  • Arrogant Frog

    Arrogant Frog was born in the Herault Valley in Languedoc in the south of France, near the Medite...

  • Château de Pommard

    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

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Riesling on Snooth

  • Riesling Peter Zemmer 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Dry. Aromas of lime zest, Petrol, calcium and limestone. The fruit and minerality are well balanced. Medium bodied with high acidity. Read More

    Wine review by stephen2208


  • Bodega Tamari Malbec Reserva Mendoza Argentina 2012

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    Spicy, clean and distinctly varietal on the nose with mulberry, rosemary, sage and wild cherry all coming together very nicely. A touch soft in the mouth with a hint of RS, this is fruity, forward and friendly with just enough tannin and acid to keep the wine structured in the mouth, yet not becoming obvious. the fruit lingers on the modest fin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • That's a gentle sybarite thee. You do have a slightly varied palate, ... ... Laurent and South Australian Riesling.  You may wish (if you have not already done so) compare some of the Clare Rieslings with those grown in New England, or, if you wish to go the source, elect to buy some Mosel or Rhine wines.  There are too many to choose from to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Be gentle. It's my first time.


  • Llano Estacado Blush NV

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    This wine is best served fully chilled and matches well with light fish or broiled fish or chicken.Most certainly with fresh fruits as well. Read More

    Wine review by bigsjunk


  • I'm 34 yrs old and have been working in the restaurant industry for the ... ... Del Duero, Clare Valley Riesling, wines of New England and Long Island, NY, Austrian reds like St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch, beautiful red Burgundies both delicate and deep structured styles, Tuscan Sangiovese and anything that is bang for the buck and food frien... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Be gentle. It's my first time.


  • 3 Blind Moose Cellars Riesling Columbia Valley 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by SCM42


  • Schloss Reinhartshausen Riesling Erstes Gewächs Erbacher Schlossberg 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by SCM42


  • Chehalem Riesling Ribbon Ridge Sext Ridge 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by anchca


  • @ DMCKER:Okay. IMHO, the best red swiss wines are made from either Pinot Noir ... ... of Vétroz,.P.S.: Riesling-Sylvaner is mostly an easygoing white wine, not complex, best drunk for an aperitif. It is cultivated mostly in the eastern part of Switzerland. I prefer Chasselas (in Germany, thiis is called Gutedel). The best Chasselas is coming ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Swiss wine- I know nothing!


  • Just went and checked that Wine Berserker thread again, and it looks to be ... ... in Oregon trying to make a riesling using only brettanomyces, two mystery wineries in WA that knowingly introduced brett into a syrah and a cab, and several jokes about past Tablas Creek brettiness and how they together with their ancestor in France have finally... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A purposely 'bretted' wine?


  • 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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