White Grapes

Grape Varieties 

White Grapes


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Riesling

Of all the grapes of Germany, the most noble is the Riesling — a variety that can do well even in stony soil and can subsist on a minimum of moisture. read more

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Müller-Thurgau (Rivaner)

The Müller-Thurgau, or Rivaner, is the second most widely planted grape in Germany and accounts for about a fifth of the total vineyard area. read more

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Silvaner

Silvaner is an old variety that once was the most important grape in Germany. read more

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Kerner

Today, Kerner is the most widely planted new crossing in Germany, covering about 7% of the surface devoted to viticulture. read more

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Weißer Burgunder

Synonymous with the French Pinot Blanc, this ancient variety thrives in fertile or chalky soils and ripens fairly late. read more

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Grauer Burgunder

These are synonyms for the grape known as Pinot Gris in France and Pinot Grigio in Italy. read more

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Bacchus

Bred in the Pfalz and given the Latin name for Dionysos, the Greek God of Wine, Bacchus is a crossing of (Silvaner x Riesling) x Müller-Thurgau. read more

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Scheurebe

Scheurebe (pronounced "shoy ray beh") is another new crossing that is well established in a number of regions. read more

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Gutedel

Known as Chasselas in France and Fendant in Switzerland, this ancient white variety is both a popular table grape and a wine grape. read more

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Faberrebe

The prolific Rheinhessen grape breeder Georg Scheu crossed Weissburgunder with Müller-Thurgau in 1929 to produce this early-ripening white variety. read more

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Huxelrebe

Huxelrebe, a crossing of Gutedel and Courtillier Musqué, was bred by Georg Scheu in Rheinhessen in 1927. read more

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Ortega

This crossing of Müller-Thurgau and Siegerrebe is a very early-ripening white variety that achieves high must weights even in average years. read more

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Gewürztraminer

Roter Traminer, and its better-known synonym, Gewürztraminer, or "spicy (aromatic) Traminer," is an old, traditional variety prized for the high quality of its wine. read more

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Elbling

This ancient white variety (origin unknown) is an early-ripening, very prolific producer that makes light, piquant wines that often are used for sparkling wine, thanks to their high acidity. read more

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Chardonnay

Like many other ancient grape varieties, Chardonnay stems from the Middle East. read more

Morio-Muskat

The name of this crossing of Silvaner and Weissburgunder derives from its breeder, Peter Morio, and its characteristically strong, rich bouquet that is reminiscent of Muscat grapes. read more