Riesling

White grape variety

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What is Riesling?

Riesling is a white grape variety from Germany that thrives in various regions across the globe. It somewhat divides the wine world, as it is made in a such a bewildering array of styles that some drinkers shy away from it. Nonetheless, due to its ability to express site and place, it is often considered to be one of the noblest white grapes, alongside Chardonnay.

What does Riesling taste like?

Riesling has one chief hall mark and that is its acidity – which may well be the reason that many people struggle to like it. When it comes to smell, Riesling is semi-aromatic and can cover the entire citrus spectrum with uncanny resemblance, riper styles boast notions of peach and yellow plum, sometimes there are overtones of fresh or dried herbs. With age, Riesling develops incredibly complex notions of wax, lanolin and herb tincture. One aroma particularly associated with Riesling is TDN (1, 1, 6, -trimethyl-1,2-dihydronapthalene) which is related to sun exposure on grape skins, it smells as heady as petrol. Riesling also differs considerably when grown on different soils. Riesling is made in every style, from bone-dry to sweet, but often (erroneously) believed to be always sweet, a stumbling block in today’s market. What sets Riesling apart in this regard is that it has the acidity to balance any sweetness in the wine. Riesling is also made into rare and precious botrytised wines, and it can be used as a base for sparkling wines. While Riesling can be anything from bone-dry to lusciously sweet in Germany and Alsace, most Austrian and Australian examples are dry. Among white grape varieties, Riesling stands out for its ageability.

Where is Riesling from?

While Riesling, like numerous other grape varieties, has a parent-offspring relationship with Gouais Blanc, its origins are unclear. It has been cultivated for centuries along the river Rhine in Germany and is thought to have originated there.
 


Where does Riesling grow?

Riesling is prized for its frost-hardiness in winter and its ability to ripen in cool regions where the growing season is long enough. Germany has the greatest Riesling plantings by far. The variety thrives across all thirteen German growing regions but attains sublime expression in Mosel, Saar, Ruwer, Nahe, Pfalz and Rheingau. In France, Riesling is restricted to Alsace, in Austria it does best on the stony slopes along the Danube River. Other significant Riesling regions are the Clare and Eden Valleys of Australia, Washington State and the Finger Lakes in New York State in the US and Marlborough in New Zealand. More recently, Michigan in the US has been making a name for itself with Riesling.

Famous Riesling regions:

  • Mosel, Saar, Ruwer, Nahe, Pfalz and Rheingau in Germany
  • Wachau, Kremstal and Kamptal in Austria
  • Eden Valley and Clare Valley, Australia
  • Washington State, USA
  • Marlborough, New Zealand

Anything else?

Riesling thrives where other grape varieties struggle: on the steepest, stoniest slopes with the poorest soils. It is a delicious contradiction that such exertion should bring forth such joyful wines.

Country of origin: Germany
Color: white
Taste: sweet
Maturity: 8 to 10 years
Price: 5 to 150 €
Serving: Fish, Venison

This grape variety is also known by the name of:

Biela Disuca Grasiva, Biela Grasevina, Beregi Riesling, Bukettriesling, Beyaz Riesling, German Riesling, Gentile Aromatique Petracine, Gewuerzriesling, Gewuerztraube, Edelriesling, Dinca Grasiva Biela, Feher Rajnai, Johannisberg, Johanisberger, Johannisberg Riesling, Johannisberger Weisser, Johannisberger White, Karbacher Riesling, Karbacher, Graefenberger, Kleinriesling, Klingelberger, Gentile Aromatique, Johannisberger Gontil Aromatique, Jonanisberger Riesling, Gentil Aromatique, Kastellberger, Graschevina, Grasevina Rajnska, Grasevina diseca, Kis Rizling, Edle Gewuerztraube, Lipka, Klingenberger, Klingerberger, Nieberlander, Niederlaender, Krauses, Krausses Roessling, Hochheimer, Moselriesling, Kleigelberger, Kleiner Riesling, Kleinriesler, Oberkircher, Oberlaender, Rizling Linner, Rizling Rajinski, Rizling Rajnai, Rano, Pfaelzer, Pfefferl, Rhine Riesling, Rislinok, Rislinq, Rheingauer, Russel, Rajinski Rizling, Rajnai Rizlin, Rajnai Rizling Gm 239-20, Rajnai Rizling, Rajnski Rizling, Rajnski Ruzling, Rossling, Riesling Echter Weisser, Riesling Edler, Riesling Gelb Mosel E 43, Riesling Giallo, Riesling Gruener Mosel, Riesling Grosso, Riesling italico, Riesling Mosel, Petit Rhin, Raisin Du Rhin, Riesler,Riesling Bianco, Pussilla, Ryzlink Rynsky, Rheingauer Rieling, Riesling Blanc, Rheinriesling, Riesling De Rhin, Rheinriesling GM 239-20, Riesling Reinskii, Riesling Renano, Riesling Rhenan, Rislinenok, Riesling Rhenano Bianco, Riesling Rhine, Riesling Rothstieliger, Rheinrisling, Risling, Riesling Weisser, Riesling White, Rhiesling, Reissler, Rizling Rajnski, Rizling Rajnski Bijeli, Risling Reinskii, Rizling Rejnskij, Remo, Risling Rejnski, Rislinock, Rieslinger, Rieslingtraube, Reno, Rendu, Renski Rizling, Rizling Rynsky, Uva Pussila, Ryn Riesling, Ryn-Riesling, Rosslinger, Piros Rajnai Rizling, Reichsriesling, Ruessel, Rynsky Ryzlink, Rhein Riesling, Ruessiling, Ruessling, Weiser Riesler, Weisser Kleiner Riesling, Starosvetske, Roesling, Roessiling, Roessling, Rey Rislinqi, Reyn Rislinqi, Reyn’s Risling, Reynai, Rohac, Rezlik, Rezlin, Rezling, Rezlink, Starovetski, Szuerke Rizling, Weisser Riesling, White Riesling

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2023 »Oestrich Lenchen« Eiserberg Riesling Beerenauslese
Weingüter Wegeler – Gutshaus Rheingau
Germany
Rheingau,  Hesse,  Germany
Sweet and Dessert Wine
Riesling
»Oestrich Lenchen« Eiserberg Riesling Beerenauslese Sweet and Dessert Wine
97
2023 Riesling Kamptal DAC Zöbing
Weingut Hirsch
Austria
Kamptal,  Lower Austria,  Austria
White Wine
Riesling
12,5%
Riesling Kamptal DAC Zöbing White Wine
93
2023 Riesling Kamptal DAC Zöbing
Weingut Schloss Gobelsburg
Austria
Kamptal,  Lower Austria,  Austria
White Wine
Riesling
13%
Riesling Kamptal DAC Zöbing White Wine
93
2023 Goldener Wagen Riesling (vorges. für QbA Spätlese)
Weingut Karl Friedrich Aust
Germany
Saxony,  Germany
White Wine
Riesling
Goldener Wagen Riesling (vorges. für QbA Spätlese) White Wine
93
2023 Riesling Kremstal DAC Oberfucha Ried Sprinzenberg
Weinhof Christian Parzer
Austria
Kremstal,  Lower Austria,  Austria
White Wine
Riesling
13,5%
Riesling Kremstal DAC Oberfucha Ried Sprinzenberg White Wine
93
2023 Riesling Traisental DAC Reichersdorf
Weingut Markus Huber
Austria
Traisental,  Lower Austria,  Austria
White Wine
Riesling
13%
Riesling Traisental DAC Reichersdorf White Wine
93
2023 Riesling Traisental DAC Ried Pletzengraben
Weinkultur Preiß
Austria
Traisental,  Lower Austria,  Austria
White Wine
Riesling
13,5%
Riesling Traisental DAC Ried Pletzengraben White Wine
93
2023 Riesling Traisental DAC Ried Sonnleithen Terrassen
Weingut Karl Brindlmayer
Austria
Traisental,  Lower Austria,  Austria
White Wine
Riesling
13,5%
€€€
Riesling Traisental DAC Ried Sonnleithen Terrassen White Wine
93
2023 Riesling Wachau DAC Klostersatz
Weingut F. X. Pichler
Austria
Wachau,  Lower Austria,  Austria
White Wine
Riesling
12,5%
Riesling Wachau DAC Klostersatz White Wine
93
2023 Riesling Wachau DAC Ried Steinriegl Federspiel
Domäne Wachau
Austria
Wachau,  Lower Austria,  Austria
White Wine
Riesling
12,5%
Riesling Wachau DAC Ried Steinriegl Federspiel White Wine
93
2023 Riesling Wachau DAC Ried Klaus
Weingut Holzapfel
Austria
Wachau,  Lower Austria,  Austria
White Wine
Riesling
12,5%
Riesling Wachau DAC Ried Klaus White Wine
93
2023 Riesling Wachau DAC Ried Steinriegl Federspiel Alte Reben
Karl Stierschneider – Kartäuserhof
Austria
Wachau,  Lower Austria,  Austria
White Wine
Riesling
12,5%
Riesling Wachau DAC Ried Steinriegl Federspiel Alte Reben White Wine
93
2023 »Urgestein« Riesling
Weingut Kopp
Germany
Baden,  Baden-Wuerttemberg,  Germany
White Wine
Riesling
10%
»Urgestein« Riesling White Wine
92+
2023 Oppenheim Riesling feinherb
Weingut Eckehart Gröhl
Germany
Rheinhessen,  Rhineland-Palatinate,  Germany
White Wine
Riesling
12%
Oppenheim Riesling feinherb White Wine
92+
2023 Riesling Kabinett feinherb
Weingut Schloss Saarstein
Germany
Moselle,  Rhineland-Palatinate,  Germany
White Wine
Riesling
10%
Riesling Kabinett feinherb White Wine
92+
2023 Riesling Kamptal DAC Mittelberg
Weingut Am Berg – Michael Gruber
Austria
Kamptal,  Lower Austria,  Austria
White Wine
Riesling
13%
Riesling Kamptal DAC Mittelberg White Wine
92
2023 Riesling Kamptal DAC Schönberg
Weingut Gerhard Deim
Austria
Kamptal,  Lower Austria,  Austria
White Wine
Riesling
13%
Riesling Kamptal DAC Schönberg White Wine
92
2023 Riesling Kamptal DAC Strass
In Vino Weix – Weingut Weixelbaum
Austria
Kamptal,  Lower Austria,  Austria
White Wine
Riesling
12,5%
Riesling Kamptal DAC Strass White Wine
92
2023 Riesling Kamptal DAC Strass
Weingut Eichinger
Austria
Kamptal,  Lower Austria,  Austria
White Wine
Riesling
12,5%
Riesling Kamptal DAC Strass White Wine
92
2023 Riesling Kamptal DAC Straß im Strassertal
Weingut Topf
Austria
Kamptal,  Lower Austria,  Austria
White Wine
Riesling
12,5%
Riesling Kamptal DAC Straß im Strassertal White Wine
92
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