Riesling is recorded both in Germany and Alsace as far back as the fifteenth century. In 1435 Count John the IV of Katzenelnbogen lists in an inventory 22 shillings for Rie?lingen wine cuttings. Freddy Price in his book 'Riesling Rennaissance' notes that the spelling Rissling was found in 1447 in Alsace.
Originating in the Rhine, Riesling is widely grown in Germany, Alsace and Austria. It is also grown in Italy and Czechoslovakia and much of the New World (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA).
Riesling a Versatile Grape
It's versatility allows it to produce dry (Trocken) half dry (halbtrocken) or sweet wines. A grower in Israel has even produced a dessert wine form Riesling.
Where to buy Riesling
Quite a range of Rieslings can be found at www.billwarrywine.co.uk/ for a great range of Riesling wines, such as Rheingau Riesling 2009, Riesling Kabinett 2007, Riesling Kabinett 2009 and Riesling Renaissance 2008.
There's even a wine club for even better value for money.
Riesling is generally considered to be one of the three top white grape varieties, the other two being Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Last update: 13.07.2016
If you have suggestions or feedback on any pages, use the form below.