Riesling [rees-ling]

Definition: A white grape, the principal grape of Germany; also important in Alsace and Austria. Late ripening, modest bearer, medium-sized grapes. Also known as johannisberg riesling and white riesling.

Grown primarily in: Australia, Austria, Canada, France-Alsace, Germany and United States

Best Climate: Cool

Winemaking: Rieslings can vary from bone dry (Alsace) to super sweet (ice wines). Most are fermented and aged in stainless steel. Some see oak aging.

Nose: Grapefruit, apricot, peach, pear, pineapple, nectarine, floral, dried flowers, honeyed, honey suckle, perfumed.

Mouth: Light to medium body when dry. Medium to full body, rich and viscous when made as a sweet dessert wine.

Note: Riesling crossed with sylvaner produces Muller-Thurgau (Franken Riesling).

Your Guide to the Varietal Grape

Varietal Facts

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Barbera Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay
Gamay Gamay Beaujolais
Gerwurztraminer Malbec
Merlot Nebbiolo
Petite Sirah Petite Verdot
Pinot Blanc Pinot Meunier
Pinot Noir Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc Sangiovese
Semillon Syrah
Viognier Zinfandel