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.
It is also frost-resistant and a very dependable bearer of high quality grapes which have an acidity level that gives the wine a racy freshness and contributes to its long life. To reach its full potential, Riesling needs extra days of sun; ripening is very late, indeed the Riesling grapes are the ones to be picked at the end of the harvest.
Riesling produces elegant wines of rich character with an incomparable fragrance and taste, often reminiscent of peaches, or (when the wine is still young) of apples. In 1996, the vineyard area planted with Riesling topped that of Müller-Thurgau. Therefore, today it is known as Germany's premier grape variety in terms of area (23,2% of all plantings in 2017).
On March 13 in 1435, the word Riesling was mentioned for the first time in a document.