Riesling is a typically sweet, aromatic white wine that transports you to a fruit orchard with just one sip. The floral aroma and crisp taste make it a great accompaniment for spicy food and many people who love sweeter wines tend to go for Riesling wines. Not all Rieslings are sweet as some can be quite dry as well. Keep reading to learn more interesting facts about this refreshing white wine.

A brief history on Riesling

Riesling has a long history dating back into the 15th century and DNA fingerprinting has revealed that it is a descendant of Guoias Blanc. Riesling is a white grape that is native to the Rhine region of Germany. They were believed to be a favorite of German nobility and they carted casks of Riesling wine with them as they moved across Europe on business dealings and conquests. Riesling age very well due to the high level of acidity but they are hardly aged in oak and are most times varietal and unblended wines. They are also used in a variety of sparkling white wines. Riesling age well because of the high acidity and fruit notes present and some even have a petroleum character which is surprisingly favored by wine enthusiasts as they believe it gives them a better idea of the age of the wine.

Approximately how many hectares of Riesling is grown globally

Riesling is terroir expressive and reflects its quality and character in a way that shows what region and climate they were grown in. Riesling grown in cool climates have notes of apple, and high acidity while Riesling grown in warmer climates have citrus and peach notes. By 2004, Riesling was grown on 48,700 hectares (120,000 acres) globally. Riesling is grown around the world in countries like Austria, France, Croatia, South Africa, and Canada.

Wine colors of Riesling

A young Riesling that has not been aged in oak is a medium straw yellow color or greenish yellow and as the vintage ages, it gets darker and develops more deep yellow tones. Wines made from aged and ripened Riesling can take on an amber yellow hue. Because the skins are not left in contact with the juice after extraction, or they are only left exposed to the grape skins for a short time, the wine colors remain natural and do not have the tint of the grape skin colors


Grape skin color and sweetness levels of Riesling

The skin of Riesling is thin and a light green to white color and there also are some mutations with pink skins. The pale colored skin of Riesling grapes gives its wines their pale straw yellow or greenish yellow color tone.

Riesling can be used to make dry, off-dry and sweet white wines depending on the aging process and the regions they were grown in. They score a 3-4 on the wine sweetness scale and have a medium sweetness level.



Riesling wines have are aromatic and acidic enough to pair with most dishes especially spicy cuisine like Thai or Chinese food. They also go well with desserts and cheese which makes them a go-to white wine for many dining establishments.

and chocolate notes that make it a favorite for wine drinkers worldwide.