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|The most important of the
grape varieties grown in Germany. Produces wines ranging from bone dry
to unctuous and formidably concentrated. Many would call this
the worlds premier white
wine grape, and the German expression of it the world's
|Dry neutral wines are
produced from this low yielding grapes. One of the varieties that
benefits most from a drier style of wine making.
|A wine whose heritage has
long been thought to be Riesling and Silvaner but now is believed to be
a cross between two Riesling clones. As Hugh Johnson put it: 'Should be
banned from all the top vineyards'.
|Known as the Pinot Gris or
Tokay d'Alsace in France. Robust and flavorful, produces heavyweight
wines from the south of Germany.
|Probably the most
successful Riesling and Silvaner cross. A "love it
or leave it" varietal.
|The Pinot Blanc of France.
Seems to be making some strides although it still tends to produce a
rather dull wine.
|Spicy, aromatic and
distinctive. You either love or hate this grape. The non-lovers should
be encouraged to try a Gewürz from the Pfalz or Baden as they are
not quite so 'distinctive' as the classic wines of Alsace.
|A modern precocious (early
ripening) variety often used to improve the chances of producing wines
with a higher must weight. A cross between Trollinger
|The Pinot Noir of France.
Produces light pale wines as vinification in oak is sufficient to lose
the Qualitätswein ranking. Has received more attention from
importers, growers and the public over the last few years.
|The 'new' red wine of
Germany. Has an extraordinary depth of colour yet a fresh and fruity,
almost Beaujolais-like, taste. Fashionable and hence difficult to find.
|A speciality of
Württemberg. Late ripening an
hence can be problematic in cool years.
|Another red variety found
predominantly in Württemberg.
Probably not missed much elsewhere.
|Nothing to do with
Portugal as it probably originates from the Danube valley in Austria.
Light wine that is easy drinking.
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