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Riesling Grape
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Also known as:  Rheinriesling, Klingelberger

The Riesling is by far Germany's most successful and most planted grape. It is planted in every wine region and covers 52,378 acres (21,197 hectares), accounting for 20.8% of Germany's vineyards.

The first known record of the Riesling dates back to 1435 from the Rheingau region. Additional early documents, dated 1465, are also found in the Mosel region. In the early 16th century, the Riesling grape spread to the Rheinhessen and Pfalz regions, and by the 18th century it was planted in every region.

German Riesling wines are among the best in the world. They are produced in every ripeness level and taste. The "typical" Riesling wine is light yellow in color, shows hints of peaches and apple aromas, and has a racy tartness. Riesling wines should not be consumed until one year after the vintage - many reach their optimal ripeness after several years.

Riesling wines are very versatile and go well with many foods. Dry to medium dry Rieslings pair well with asian dishes, pasta dishes, seafood, and meat dishes with light sauces. Sweet varieties serve well as appetizers and desserts.


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