Happy Birthday, Riesling!
All 14 ‘Wines of Germany’ information offices will again celebrate the Riesling birthday on 13 March - 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 There are historical documents from there dating back to the years 1435 or 1465.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 Klein fisch 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:
- Canada: Riesling Birthday Events und Contest
- China: Riesling Event in Shanghai
- Japan: Influencer-Campaign
- UK celebrates #HappyBirthdayRiesling on Facebook and Instagram
- US: Facebook and Instagram
- Scandinavia: Online-Competition (Finland), Instagram (Sweden und Denmark), Norway: Birthday Celebration in Oslo