Monthly Archives: November 2015

Hi everyone!


There has been happening a lot lately!
The RIESsearchING blog has been recommended by another blog, as a good blog to read where Riesling all comes from. Which is true, of course!
And I am pre selected as last year for the Sommelier of the year competition in Belgium!
Vote for me!

But let’s get on with Riesling!
Today I am talking about Riesling in Slovakia!

The first name that pops up when you mention Riesling and Slovakia on google is Egon Muller.
He makes an amazing Riesling wine in Slovakia named Kastiel Bela Riesling.
For this Riesling Muller collaborates with the castle owner Baron Georg Ullman de Baronyava.
The estate lies in the region Sturovo on the Hungarian border.
There’s a lot of loess in the soil, which make interesting Riesling wines with a base flavor of peach and notes of spices, wet stone and some smokey touches.

There grows about 998ha of Riesling in Slovakia and most is planted in Pezinok.
Pezinok lies about 20km north west from Bratislava.
The climate is continental and has modest rainfall.
Most rain falls in march, which isn’t that great for flowering but ok.

In Pezinok there’s a festival which dates back to the 13th century.
Back then they celebrated in there cosy wine cellars, but nowadays it’s a real festival!

Most fantastic Rieslings is made in a village within Pezinok, called Modra.

Sources used are: the wine grape book by Jancis Robinson,… Websites:, and

Enjoy reading and see you the next RIESsearchING!

Riesling in the Czech Republic

wine harvest riesling, Czech Republic

Hi Riesling fans,

Today, I am going to talk about Riesling from the Czech Republic.
I know I said I was going to write about Bulgaria, but that needs some more work…
Because Bulgaria does not like a country we Belgians want to know a lot about.
But ok, I’l get there.
So the Czech Republic, never been myself, but it looks like a nice place.

Riesling here calls: Ryzlink Rynsky -> as in Rhine Riesling.
Here grows 1127 ha of Riesling and it almost all grows in Moravia.
There are else very good wineries in Veké Zernoseky who make fantastic Riesling.

Most of all vines grow in Moravia, 95% of all vines planted in the Czech Republic grow in Moravia!
Here is Moravia there rules a cool continental climate with occasional maritime influences carried in with the winds from the Atlantic.
The climate is similar to the Neha or Pfalz in Germany.
It’s relatively dry here and there are more as 2000 hours of sunshine each year!

So we have the perfect climate for Riesling to grow well and ripen fully into the long Indian summers.

The soils here are mostly made out of Loess and sweet water sediment.
There are also sub regions within Moravia, which have a limestone soil, gravel and clay.

image This is a soils with a lot of loess in it!

So room for a lot of different Riesling styles here!

Riesling here has, overall peach character with a spicy note, linden bloom and honey notes.

Enjoy reading!
And see you the next RIESsearchING!


New site

Weinglas mit Weiwein im herbstlichen Weingarten

Hi everyone,

Some of you may alreaddy know me from my Tumblr blog.

I’m Aurélie Charels,
I’m a sommelier and Riesling expert,
I work at this moment for a Chinees 1 star restaurant Bij Lam en Yin in Antwerp.
And as you may off already noticed i research Riesling!
And i’m a WSET Diploma student!

But Tumblr is just so good to be a start. A good start i have to say! But i can not addid Tumblr as i’d like so, I chose to work with WordPress.

It did not post for the last 4 weeks because: i had my fortified examination and i created an own website. Which had taken some time as well.

About my exam i am not yet going to say something, because with WSET you never know if it was enough… Lets hope it was!

But i’m back for more now!

So this week i will post abouth Riesling in Bulgaria, i had some weird enquires with Bulgaria but it should me a nice country and most importandly they make good Riesling!

So i wil see you guy’s the next RIESsearchING this week on my new RIESsearchING platform and website!