One of the most recognisable grape varieties
Also called Rhine Riesling, Weisser Riesling.
As a late maturing and productive white grape variety, it is one of the northernmost grape varieties that thrives in cool climates, and is mainly found in Central Europe. First present in Germany as early as the 15th century, it can be found today in some temperate vineyards of the New World. In France, it is in Alsace that it is most successful. It is the Alsatian wine par excellence. In Alsace it is produced in the following appellations: Sélection Grains Nobles and Vendanges Tardives for sweet white wines; and Alsace Grand Cru or Alsace Riesling for dry white wines. It thus offers dry and sweet white wines characterized by a powerful acidity (freshness) and a remarkable minerality. They are subtle, racy, delicately scented and beautifully balanced wines that can age well.