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Red Riesling

The white grape variety comes from Germany, You may on the ground morphological Similarities or apparently indicative synonyms not with the varieties Blue Riesling. Pinot Meunier (with synonyms Blauer Riesling, Schwarzer Riesling) or Red Veltliner (with the synonym Roter Riesling). Formerly it was wrongly assumed that it was the archetype of the white Riesling be. According to 2009 last DNA analysis however, it is clearly a color mutation of the white variety. White and reddish berries are often observed on the same grape, which never happens with white Riesling. The vine is slightly less prone to Botrytis, The wines pressed from it are very similar to those from white Riesling, but are somewhat more acidic. The variety was a cross partner in the new varieties Aromriesling and Veritas,

Red reedling - bunch of grapes and leaf

In the Middle Ages, red and white Riesling were often in the Mixed sentence in the vineyard. The red variant was slowly forgotten. However, 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 a wine was made from them for the first time in 2006. The vineyard company Antes in Heppenheim planted one hectare of the old grape variety in “Heppenheimer Eckweg” in April 2008. In the meantime, it is already being grown by several companies, for example the winery Ellwanger Bernhard from Großheppach in Württemberg. In Austria, red Riesling is produced by the Holzmann (Weinviertel) and Zahel ( Wien ) cultivated.

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)

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