One of the most recognisable grapes
Also called Rhine riesling, wisser 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 found as far away as 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 this wine-growing region, it is the grape variety that gives its name to the appellation: it is found under the AOC Riesling Alsace Sélection Grains Nobles and Alsace Vendanges tardives for sweet white wines, and under the AOC 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.