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Rieslaner


International Varieties: Chardonnay   Gewürztraminer   Muscat   Pinot Gris   Riesling   Sauvignon Blanc

Major Varieties:   Airén    Chenin Blanc    Grüner Veltliner    Müller-Thurgau    Pinot Blanc    Sémillon    Silvaner    Trebbiano    Viognier

Regional Varieties:   Albariño    Aligoté    Amigne    Arneis    Chasselas    Colombard    Cortese    Fiano    Grechetto    Grenache Blanc    Malvasia Istriana    Marsanne    Muscadelle    Muscat of Alexandria    Ortega    Palomino    Parellada    Petite Arvine    Prosecco    Rieslaner    Roussanne    Savagnin    Scheurebe    Seyval Blanc    Tocai Friulano    Torrontés    Vermentino    Welschriesling


Rieslaner is an important cross between two white grapes, Riesling and Silvaner. Created in 1921, Rieslaner was designed to have good results when exposed to botrytis (the same rot that is the "secret" ingredient in Sauternes). Although it is found in dry wines, Rieslaner's astronomically high acidity and full bouquet of flavors make it one of the world's best sweet wine grapes.

The best regions for Rieslaner are in Germany, where it was created. Franconia and Pfalz are the main areas for the growth of this grape, but Rheinhessen has also produced good examples.