In South Tyrol, Riesling is grown mainly in the Val d’Isarco, the Val Venosta, the Val d’Adige, the area around Bolzano and the Bassa Atesina.
Riesling has a long history and there are several written references that it was first cultivated in the 15th century, in Rüsselsheim (Germany). At the same time in Austria, there is a small vineyard called Ritzling, which is claimed to have given Riesling its name.
Riesling is a rather demanding grape variety, which prefers cool regions of cultivation. It ripens very late but does not suffer from cold. In fact, its hardiness is exceptional: it resists temperatures up to -20/-25°C. Riesling grows best on residual soil, rich in slate.
Riesling grapes are small-sized and cylindrical, yellow-greenish in colour. When very ripe, they get a brown colour and black dots. Their skin is thick, their flavour very aromatic. Riesling wines range from sweet to dry. Thanks to its high acidity level Riesling wine can be stored for a long period of time and develop a very pleasant maturity. The colours of Riesling wines range from yellowish-green to golden-yellow.
Riesling wine can be light or medium-bodied, elegant and lively and reflects the characteristics of its place of cultivation more than any other wine. It can have aromas of apricots, peaches and roses. The dry Riesling goes well with Chinese dishes and fish, whereas the semi-sweet Riesling is perfect also with fresh cheeses. The sweet Riesling can be served as a dessert or an aperitif.
Serving temperature: 10 - 12°C