Riesling Along with Chardonnay, Riesling is considered to be one of the finest white grapes in the world, producing a whole range of styles from bone dry to lusciously sweet. The best wines are incredibly long-lived, elegant, racy wines that become increasingly complex with age. Riesling originated in Germany where, along with neighbouring Alsace, some of its greatest wines are still made. It is also hugely popular in Australia. In Australia, Riesling can take on a passion fruit ripeness and with age, add an attractive character variously described as 'petrol' or 'kerosene'. It retains a high degree of acidity no matter what - even in the sweetest examples. Signature Style Dry or off-dry, offering apple, mineral and lime flavours Famous Examples Markus Molitor, Pikes Wines Principal regions Alsace, Rheingau, Clare Valley, Nelson Synonyms Rhine Riesling, White Riesling, Riesling Renano Did you know? Riesling was introduced to Australia by German immigrants in the mid 19th century. Back then it was the country's most widely cultivated white grape – a record that not even Germany could match. When mature, Riesling's most renowned characteristic is an aroma very similar to petrol or kerosene. Like Marmite, it's something you either love or hate! If you like Riesling, you might also like: Tokay d'Alsace - along with Riesling, this is the King of Alsace wines. Gewürztraminer - an even more aromatic variety grown extensively in Alsace and Germany.