Coming Up: Riesling Birthday


Germany's most important grape variety, Riesling, celebrates its 587th birthday on March 13th. On this day, the grape variety was first mentioned in a written document in 1435. Under the hashtag #rieslingbirthday, actions take place worldwide from Amsterdam (NL) to Toronto (CA).

All 15 ‘Wines of Germany’ information agencies will celebrate the Riesling birthday on march 13th -  with events, but above all with social media activities in various languages. If you want to be part of it, you will find three suitable images at the end of the article which you can download for free.

Determining the global image of 'Wines of Germany'

Riesling grapes grow on almost a quarter of the vineyards in Germany. Like no other grape variety, Riesling  determines the global image of the 13 German wine growing regions. Germany is considered to be the home of Riesling, because around 23,800 hectares are around 45 percent of all Rieslings in the world.

The early spread of Riesling with initial evidence for the 15th century, the growth, the size of the grape berries, the long maturation period and frost resistance show the relationship with wild grapes. Winegrowers in the Rheingau and on the Mosel have the longest Riesling tradition. There are historical documents from there dating back to the years 1435 or 1465.

Documented mention of Riesling in 1435 A.C.

There are numerous "first” mentions of the grape, yet the earliest documented mention of Riesling is an invoice dated 13 March 1435, from Klaus Kleinfisch to his lord, Count Johann IV of Katzenelnbogen, for the purchase of Riesling vines to be planted next to the fort he was building in Rüsselsheim, just east of Hochheim/Rheingau.

References to the distribution in today's Rheinhessen and the Pfalz region come from the late 15th and first half of the 16th century. Last year, Riesling fans around the world celebrated March 13th as the birthday of the grape variety:

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Topical Page: Riesling and other white grape varieties in Germany

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The German Wine Institute (DWI) plans to integrate and establish #RieslingBirthday (March 13th) in its annual communication and marketing work

Happy Birthday, Riesling!

Happy Birthday, Riesling!

Germany is considered the home of Riesling, because 45 percent of all Riesling vines worldwide grow here

The grape variety Riesling is mentioned for the first time in this historical document of the year 1435.