Rivaner or Müller-Thurgau - the main thing is charming
Rivaner, or Müller-Thurgau, is the most successful new variety of all time and was displaced by Riesling around 1990 to take second place among the most cultivated grape varieties in Germany. No reason not to celebrate the Müller - at home, at the wine festival, with delicate dishes. Discover the dry white wine from Germany, for illustrious rounds and quaffable societies.
Müller Thurgau was bred back in 1882 at the Geisenheim Research Institute in the Rheingau by Professor Hermann Müller. He may not have known what he was doing exactly - he suspected a cross between Riesling and Silvaner - but still managed to create a grape variety that is now widely planted throughout Germany and many parts of Europe. Wherever deep soils with access to a good water supply are available, the Müller-Thurgau grape variety thrives magnificently. Sometimes even so well that the high yield of the yellowish-green grapes loses some of its flavor. Therefore, winemakers try to make it a little more difficult for the Müller-Thurgau. Demanding in the undemandingness. From the 80s one introduced yield restrictions to a large extent, which had a splendid effect on the quality of the Müller. No more Zechwein - hello Prädikatswein for high quality levels. And even though the potential for Rivaner/Müller-Thurgau white wines has increased noticeably in recent years, the white wine from Germany has not lost its simple charm - namely to bring harmonious and flowery Müller to the table.
A loving character
A typical Müller-Thurgau white wine is dry, mild and hardly acidic. Northern Rivaner can play a little more acid, but characteristic for Müller-Thurgau is the slight note of nutmeg in the aroma and taste. The medium-bodied wine presents itself pale yellow to light yellow in the glass and expresses a fine fruity bouquet of apple, citrus, pear, apricot and quince. Matured in stainless steel tanks, the result is a slightly drinkable white wine with mild acidity and a harmonious interplay of floral nuances and fine fruit.
Origin and history of Müller-Thurgau
Professor Hermann Müller bred the Rivaner, a portmanteau of Riesling and Silvaner, at the Geisenheim Research Institute. In fact, it was a cross between Riesling and Madeleine Royal, a grape variety that no longer exists today. However, a new crossbreed of Riesling and Silvaner was created around 1921 with the Rieslaner. From then on, the Rivaner spread in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where the grape variety is one of the main varieties. Approximately 42,000 hectares can be found worldwide, 13,000 hectares alone in the German growing regions, preferably Baden, Franconia, Saxony and along the Rhine. Our neighbouring countries have also taken a liking to the palatable and mild character of Müller-Thurgau. In Hungary, the Czech Republic, France, Luxembourg, England and in the north of Italy, the Rivaner found a home. The Müller is a star of European viticulture, leaving behind notable children in the form of new crosses, such as the Bacchus or the Regent red wine.
The mother of all Müller
The original cutting of the Müller-Thurgau, can still be seen today in the Research Institute. A little plant, after all, already over 130 years old.
Interesting facts about Müller-Thurgau/Silvaner
What is Müller-Thurgau?
Müller-Thurgau, also called Rivaner or just Müller, is a cultivated grape variety from which mostly dry white wine is vinified. Bred by Professor Hermann Müller, Müller-Thurgau white wine developed into the most successful new variety. Today, the grape variety is the second most cultivated vine in Germany. The yellowish-green berries produce mild and low-acid white wines with a slight hint of nutmeg.
What goes well with a Müller-Thurgau white wine?
Müller-Thurgau is often drunk on its own. Rivaner white wine also harmonizes with delicate dishes of poultry, fish, vegetables, asparagus, salad, Asian cuisine, light sauces and mild cheese.
What is the ideal drinking temperature for Müller-Thurgau white wine?
The ideal drinking temperature of a Müller-Thurgau white wine is between 10 and 12 °C.
How should Müller-Thurgau/Rivaner white wine be stored?
Wines from the Müller-Thurgau grape variety are not suitable for long storage, unless they are Beerenauslese or Eiswein, which can withstand about 10 years of storage. In a cool, dark, temperature-resistant and dry place, Rivaner white wines can be stored for up to 3 years.
How long does an open bottle of Müller-Thurgau last?
Depending on the contents, a bottle of Müller-Thurgau white wine can keep for up to 5 days. The less the content, the shorter the shelf life. For example, if there is only one glass left in the bottle, the wine should be drunk the next day at the latest. Ideally, the bottle should be closed again with the cork and stored in the refrigerator.
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