Riesling is one of the great white wine grapes of the world, and can range from slightly sweet to very sweet. It is very high in acidity, and low in alcohol, making it light in body. The best Reislings come from cool climates such as Germany and the Alsace region of France. California Rieslings are softer and slightly fuller than the European wines. Dessert wines are made from the Riesling grapes when they are affected by the noble rot, botrytis cinerea.




Pale yellow-green

Body Style



Apples, lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, peaches, apricots, melons, honeysuckle, vanilla, mineral, and spice

Major Source

Australia; Austria; California; France (Alsace region); Germany; New York; New Zealand; South Africa; Virginia; and Washington state

Food Matches

  • Asian
  • Ham
  • Pork
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Vegetables Dishes

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