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Yellow Riesling

Synonym (also Riesling Gelb) for the grape variety Riesling; see there.

The white grape variety probably originates from Germany. There are over 150 synonyms that testify to the great age and worldwide distribution of this Cépages nobles vine in almost all wine-growing countries. The most important, grouped alphabetically by country, are Risling (Bulgaria); Edler Riesling, Gelber Riesling, Gräfenberger, Hochheimer, Johannisberger, Kleinriesling, Klingelberger, Rissling, Rüsseling, Weißer Riesling (Germany); Raisin du Rhin, Rhin, Riesling Rhénan (France); Riesling Renano (Italy); Rajinski Riesling (former Yugoslavia); Rizling Rajnski (Croatia); Rislinoc (Moldova); Rheinriesling, Ritzling (also vineyard name), Weißer Riesling (Austria); Riesling de Rhin (Romania); Johannisberg, Johannisberg Riesling, Petit Rhin (Switzerland); Rizling Rýnsky (Slovakia); Renski Rizling (Slovenia); Lipka, Ryzlink Rýnský, Starovetski (Czech Republic); Beyaz Riesling (Turkey); Рислінг, Rislinok (Ukraine); Fehér Rajnai, Rajnai Rizling (Hungary); Rhine Riesling, White Riesling (California-USA).

Riesling - Traube und Blatt

Descent (parentage) & origin

According to DNA analyses carried out by grapevine geneticist Dr Ferdinand Regner in 1998, Riesling is the result of a presumably natural cross between (Vitis vinifera sylvestris x Traminer) x Weißer Heunisch (Gouais Blanc). The small berries and frost hardiness come from the wild vine, the spicy notes from the Traminer and the late ripeness, robustness and acidity potential from the Heunisch. It should be noted that, although Gouais Blanc, the involvement of wild grape and Traminer is not certain. According to the most recent DNA analysis in 2021, it is a cross between an unknown parent variety x Gouais Blanc.

The rare variety Roter Riesling is not a precursor, but a mutation of Weißer Riesling and the Blauer Riesling variety is descended from Traminer. Due to morphological similarities, the White Riesling must not be confused with the Crouchen, Menu Pineau, Pedro Ximénez, Räuschling or Sauvignonasse varieties. There is no genetic relationship to Welschriesling (Graševina), whose parentage is unknown.

Varieties with Riesling in their name

The prestigious name Riesling has often been misleadingly and sometimes deliberately misused worldwide. This is because almost all of these varieties have no genetic relationship:

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