Riesling – The White Wine Grape Worth Waiting For
The Riesling is considered one of the most important white wine grapes, and hardly any other variety reflects its terroir with such persistence. Because it is a very slow-ripening grape variety, the Riesling is most successful when grown in cooler climates, especially in northern winegrowing regions, because it is able to complete its ripening phase in the warm, autumn sun. While it does demand a lot from climatic conditions, it is at least easy to please when it comes to soil – one of the Riesling’s many endearing qualities. Riesling grapevines grow in all of the German winegrowing regions. Today the vineyards that cultivate Riesling grapevines cover 21 700 hectares, which accounts for more than 20 % of the total area under vineyard cultivation in Germany.
Young, light Rieslings, whether dry or fruity-sweet, are ideal summer wines. Dry to medium-dry Riesling wines pair especially well with light dishes. Sweet late harvest wines go well with cream cheeses, and a fruity Riesling Spätlese is an excellent accompaniment to fruit-based desserts. If you are looking for a wine to please a group of people – your employees for example – Riesling wine is ideal. It is one of the few wines that appeals to almost every palate.