Guide to German Riesling

German Riesling is a centuries-old style of wine, but is often misunderstood by the consumer. It’s not all sweet, nor is it all dry, and a decent Riesling does not have to break the bank! To celebrate German Wine Canada’s 31 Days of German Riesling (and their contest to win one of 10 bikes!), we’re giving you an intro to this aromatic wine so you can shop for Riesling with confidence on your next trip to the store.

What is Riesling?


Riesling is an aromatic grape variety that produces wines with pronounced fruity and floral aromas and high acidity. The styles range from dry to sweet, light to full bodied. Grapes that are just-ripe produce wines with flavours of green fruit and citrus. Extra-ripe grapes give flavours of stone fruit and tropical fruit, and sometimes even dry fruit.


As a variety that retains acidity and builds up sugar and fl