Hi Riesling fans,
RIESsearchING just turned 1!
1 year and 34 posts later, I have learned a lot!
My grammar is better and my sentences make more sense as in the beginning.
Besides, I have learned so much about Riesling!
Unbelievable, and yet I am learning more every day!
Also in 2 weeks I go for a Germany, Riesling trip.
That’s a little bit to celebrate the 1 year RIESsearchING!
It’s going to be 4 day’s non stop wine!
For this blog:
What if you can’t see the Riesling in between all the other grape varieties with Riesling in the name anymore?
I am going to present you a little guideline and the facts of Riesling
and it’s name stealers!
Because why would you name a grape variety you found after one that
Because they want to pick a little seed of the already famously and great variety
Let’s start off with The one and only Riesling!
Riesling, also called: Weisser, White, Rhein, Rhine, or Johannisberg Riesling, Riesling Renano,Renski Rizling, Rizling Rajinski, …
It’s a white grape variety. Most planted and born in Germany.
Daughter (yes Riesling is a girl) of Gouais Blanc and sister off for instance
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
It is a very aromatic grape variety, with a lot of fruit, a great acidity, picks up the minerality from the soil and not to forget the “norisoprenoid hydrocarbon 1,1,6-trimethyl-1,2-dihydronaphthalene”or “TDN” to be short. This is the flavor compound in Riesling that creates the Petrol aroma.
Welschriesling, also called: Olasz Riesling, La! Ki Riesling, Rizling Vlassky, Graševina, Riesling Italico, …
It’s also a white grape variety, but is unrelated to the German Riesling.
Welsch even means Unrelated in Germanic languishes.
Most Welschriesling is planted in Eastern Europe.
This grape variety needs a little warmer climate, if too cold the acidity is unpleasantly pungent.
When ripens well it can be great.
Where most just acidic wines with not much more flavors are produced.
But, lately in Austria there are some great dry whited and amazing Eiswein, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese is made from Welschriesling!
Cape Riesling or Clair Riesling, is actually another grape variety called:
It is a white grape variety, which produces neutral wines.
Most planted in South Afrika and Australia.
Since 2010 Riesling can not be printed anymore on the labels of this wine.
Banat Riesling, also called: Kreaca.
Is a white grape variety grown in Serbia and Romania.
Roter Riesling, actually is Riesling but with a color mutation.
So this variety is very related!
The vine produces mostly a mix of white and pinkish berries.
The wine tastes quite similar but fuller bodied mostly.
I hope to buy a bottle of Roter Riesling wile I’m in Germany.
In Oestrich-Winkel in the Rheingau is Weingut Allendorf, who keeps some Roter Riesling alive and makes wines from the grape!
Let this be your guide when you are not certain what you’re buying!
This will hold some answers for you!
Enjoy reading and enjoy your Riesling!
The wine grape book by Jancis Robinson,…
The purple pages of the Oxford companion on Jancis Robinson.com
See you the next RIESsearchING!