In South Tyrol, Welschriesling or Riesling Italico, a white grape variety, is only cultivated along the Wine Road.
Welschriesling is a white wine variety that is not very widespread in South Tyrol. According to its name, it probably originated in Upper Italy. Welschriesling is not related to Rhine Riesling - its nearest relative is the white grape variety Elbling, which was already grown by Romans in the Moselle basin. The vine thrives also with low rainfall and is very profitable, but its requirements on the soil are high: It needs a deep and warm residual soil, rich in slate, and a lot of sunshine.
The late-ripening grapes yield a fresh and fruity white wine with a greenish or pale yellow colour. It has a delicate aroma of red currants, gooseberries, green apples and sour drops. Welschriesling is drunk pure or as a dessert wine and is often used for Cuvèes or made into sparkling wine: It should be drunk relatively early as it is not storable for long periods of time. Welschriesling goes best with light starters and fish and can be also served as an aperitif.
Serving temperature: 8 to 10 degrees C