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Riesling

It is by far the best grape variety from the Rhine area! Everyone agrees that the Rhine valley is its cradle.

For some, it is related to the Roman Argitis and its culture dating back to the Roman occupation. According to Stoltz, Riesling was introduced in the ninth century to the vineyards in Rheinghau.

In 843, after the partition of the Charlemagne Empire, Louis II Germain planted this nice aromatic plant along the Rhine. This grape variety soon became known as Riesling, from “riesen” meaning “running” in German. This is because before it was acclimatised in Alsace, it was sensitive to sagging or “coulure” (when under adverse weather conditions such as rainfall at the time of flowering, the flower falls off the plant and the grapes therefore fail to grow).

Different from its German cousin, the Alsatian Riesling was adapted in our region in the late fifteenth century. It was often mentioned during the following century but its culture did not develop until the second half of the nineteenth century. It was after the 1960s that it became the leader by production surface.