The white grape comes from Germany, It used to be falsely thought to be the archetype of the whites Riesling be. According to in the years 2007 and 2009 took place DNA analysis However, it is clearly a color mutation the white species. On the same grape, white and reddish berries are often observed, which never occurs in white Riesling. The vine is a little less prone to Botrytis, The wines made from it are very similar to those from white Riesling, but are a bit more acidic. The variety was crossing partner in the new breeds Aromriesling and Veritas, Red (h) he Riesling is confusingly also an old synonym for the varieties Red Veltliner. Traminer (Red Traminer) and Hanns,
In the Middle Ages red and white Riesling were often in the Mixed sentence in the vineyard. The red variant was slowly forgotten. But there are now small stocks in Germany and Austria. From the winery Dr. Corvers-cautery (Rheingau) 850 vines were planted in the Oestricher Klosterberg in 2004 and in 2006, for the first time, a wine was vinified. The Rebedetungsbetrieb Antes in Heppenheim has planted in April 2008 in "Heppenheimer Eckweg" one hectare of the old grape variety. In the meantime, it is already being cultivated by several farms, for example the winery Ellwanger Bernhard from Großheppach in Württemberg. In Austria Roter Riesling is from the wineries Holzmann (Weinviertel) and Zahel ( Wien ) cultivated.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures: Ursula Bruehl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)