Silvaner is an old variety that once was the most important grape in Germany. While in 1970 23% of German vineyards were planted with the Silvaner grape, Meanwhile, in 2017, it accounts for only 5% of the country's plantings. It likes average exposure to sunshine and needs moist soil. Additionally, it ripens about two weeks earlier than Riesling.
Silvaner yields a rather full-bodied, neutral wine with a mild acidity, and is generally best enjoyed while it is young. Especially, it is found in Franken, Rheinhessen and Saale-Unstrut, where it is known as a traditional variety. Morever, it is also planted in the Nahe, the Pfalz and the hessische Bergstraße.