French Wine Guide

English - Français - Deutsch - Nederlands

Wine  I  Regions  I  Game  I  Club  I  Buy Wine

French wine guide > french wine regions > alsace > riesling wine (next - shop)



Other wine pages :
Wines of Alsace
French wine regions
French wine guide
Buy Alsace wines


Buy this poster !


Buy this poster !



Recommended wine cooler

wine cooler

30 bottles wine cellar
Contoured smoked glass door

buy wine cooler

Haier BC112G 30

$329.99 with
Save 35% now
click here!



is a traditional grape found along the Rhine river. It was first grown in Germany in the 15th century and in Alsace a few decades later. Riesling covers now roughly 25% of the vineyards in Alsace.

Riesling is the most elegant grape of the Alsace region. It gives dry, neat, graceful and well-balanced wine. Riesling is known to be the finest Alsace wine.

Wine has a light yellow green colour. Older riesling have strong mineral aromas while younger wines offer flowery notes.

Riesling is brilliant with fish, shell-fish, poultry, cold meat and famous Alsatian dishes such as sauerkraut or smoked ham.

A younger Riesling should be served colder (9°C - 48°F) than an older Riesling (11°C - 52°F). Riesling should be drunk after 5 years but a wine is already very good after one or two years.

Riesling grapes grow now in many locations in the US, South Africa, Australia, Bulgaria, Slovakia and beyond. Do not confuse with German Riesling which is mostly a sweet wine but can also be a dry or a sparkling wine.

Read more about Alsace with :
- Wines of Alsace
by Tom Stevenson

Riesling wine information :

Name: Riesling Appellation Alsace Controlée
Location: In the Rhine valley
Places: Ammerschwihr, Dambach, Eguisheim, Wettolsheim, etc
Soil: Limestone
Size: 3,280 ha (8,100 acres)
23% of the Alsace vineyards' size
Production: 36 million bottles
Grape: Riesling
Type of wine: Elegant dry white wine
Age: 2 to 10 years
(5 to 15 years for grains nobles Riesling)
2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000

Peach stone
Melon sometimes

Riesling and Food: Fish (recommended)
Seafood and Shellfish
Coq au Riesling



Morbier (young Riesling)

Next: Gewurztraminer


More pages about Alsace : Alsace region

Wines of Alsace :
Riesling - Gewurztraminer
- Pinot blanc - Tokay - Sylvaner - Crémant d'Alsace - Wines from Alsace

About Alsace wine region :
Alsace wine information - Alsace region information - winemaking in Alsace - classification of wine in Alsace - wines and food - Buy Alsace wines - Alsace main page

Interview : Etienne Hugel

Other french wine regions :
Bordeaux - Bourgogne (Burgundy) - Champagne - Corsica - Côtes du Rhône - Languedoc - Roussillon - Loire Valley - Provence - South West


french wine regions | grape varieties | winemaking | classification in France | wine tasting | wine and food | wine faq | legendary wines | wine shop | french wine guide


Recommend this page (to yourself or to a friend!)



French Wine Guide (english)

Guide des vins de France (french)

Französische Weine (deutsch)

De Gids voor Franse wijnen (nederlands)

mail@ terroir-france + ".com"


This material may not be published, rewritten, or redistributed

© Terroir-France, French Wine Guide 2014