31 Days of German Riesling 2022: we’re back to celebrate Germany’s star variety!
Now in its 11th year, 31 Days of German Riesling is back and better than ever.
All wine merchants, bars and restaurants across the UK are invited to raise a glass and share the love for German Riesling with their customers!
What is 31 Days of German Riesling?
A month-long promotion in July, organised by Wines of Germany, which sees restaurants, wine bars, independent merchants and UK retailers celebrating German Riesling.
We shall be keeping very much to the theme as last year, in that we shall be putting all our lovely German Rieslings (as well as one or two Rieslings from other countries) on special discounts. Also, we shall be featuring a YouTube Riesling tasting that shall be available for all our customers to watch on all our digital platforms. And what’s more… the guys from Wines of Germany have given us one or two freebies that we shall be handing out (whilst stocks last) with every purchase of German Riesling during the month of July!
Simply sniffing a Riesling is a great pleasure. Hints of apple, citrus, peach and apricot can be detected. The purity of fruit aroma combined with a unique fruit acidity make the Riesling into one of the greatest grape varieties in the world, which has been experiencing a true renaissance internationally in recent years. At the beginning of the 19th century German Riesling wines were among the most expensive in the world!
One can confidently speak of Germany as the home of the Riesling. With 24,049 ha cultivated in 2019, it covers nearly a quarter of all German vineyards. In an international comparison, German producers have a share of around 40% of global Riesling cultivation. The Pfalz and the Mosel are the two largest Riesling-growing regions in the world.
One of the first authenticated documents which mentions growing Riesling in this country is the invoice from a winery in Rüsselsheim to the count of Katzenelnbogen for ‘six vines of Riesling planted in the vineyard’, dated 13th March 1435. Due to monastic viticulture this grape variety has introduced important new emphasis to the wine culture since the Middle Ages. The term ‘Johannisburg Riesling’, commonly used in the United States, is derived from the Johannisburg vineyard in the Rheingau, the oldest surviving Riesling vineyard in the world.
Riesling quickly spread into the German wine regions – particularly into the river valleys, whose heat-storing capacity was especially well suited to this variety. Thanks to German immigrants Riesling also advanced to other countries in the world, such as Australia, the USA and New Zealand.
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From the team at Guest Wines