Riesling – King of the Grapes
Riesling is exceptional. Riesling is fascinating. Riesling is irreplaceable.
Riesling makes dry and off-dry whites as well as fruity and sweet wines, which are undoubtedly some of the best in the world. Riesling knows the soil better than any other grape and shares the peculiarities of its parent earth more eloquently with the chosen palate than other grape varieties. Riesling wines are the afterglow of a blissful day.
Riesling Native of Germany
A wine is born in the vineyard, where it has its roots in the truest sense. The best Riesling wines are rooted in German soil. This verdict is undisputed among international connoisseurs. The diversity of the soil types and the very good climatic conditions in the various growing regions are reliable guarantees for Riesling. That’s what makes it fascinating! In the protected river valleys of the Mosel, Saar, and Ruwer, the Riesling vine has the ideal prerequisite for growth and ripeness on the heat-storing slate soils.
Riesling benefits from a long-ripening period in these cool northern regions. Due to the long-ripening period, the grapes from steep slate slopes are particularly rich in minerals and extracts. The wines are fruity and rich in aromas and relatively low in alcohol content. Favorable for the flavour characteristics are also the relatively large temperature fluctuations between warm, sunny days and cool nights. Riesling may actually be called a royal vine. It has found its home in Germany, where it has been cultivated for more than 600 years. The gift of nature shapes the understanding of German wine culture very well.
The origin of Riesling is still controversial. It is believed that the Riesling grape originated from a wild vine, which was mainly distributed in the Central European River Valleys and was probably already cultivated by the Celts. The oldest evidence of Rieslings found in a Rüsselsheim cellar bill in the year 1435. In 1490, the first Riesling vineyard is mentioned in a document in Worms. In 1787, the Archbishop-Elector of Trier Clemens Wenceslaus decreed the cultivation of “good vines” for quality improvement, especially the Riesling variety. Since then, Riesling has left its mark on the wine style of the whole region.
Also the origin of the name Riesling is controversial, because the vine has not always been called that way. It was not until 1490 that the name “Rußling” first appeared. The bright berry skin of the Riesling is marked with dark, blackish dots. Since they are reminiscent of soot, it has probably been called the Rußling. The name Riesling might be an indication that in cold years or bad weather, Riesling tends to develop uneven-sized berries from poor flowering, also known as shot berries or millerandage, which are high in quality but lower the yield.
The Ring of Riesling
Riesling wines live from their breed. They present themselves fresh and elegant, steely and mineral. They are alive! Their fire is carried by a spicy, fruity sweet-acid interplay. Riesling is the concertmaster of an aroma orchestra. The perfect balance of fruit notes, acidity, and minerality opens up a unique world of music that beguiles our senses. Riesling has its own unique elegance and unspoiled character but also a contradictory complexity—all of which gives expression to the greatest complexity and passion. Precise and distinctive, Riesling brings terroir and the respective vintage to ring.
Polished clarity combined with the finest aromas and a complex interplay between minerality and fruit are unmistakable signs of an excellent Riesling Spätlese. Such profundity and lightness are unique in the world of wine. A finely fruity Riesling Spätlese dances over the palate and gives the soul a delicately sweet kiss.