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Greatest regions for Riesling : Germany vs Alsace

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Riesling is a special grape with its intense perfume and piercing crisp acidity when drunk young, or its unique aroma of petrol minerals when aged beyond a decade.

While Germany is the birthplace of this grape where it constitutes around 20% of total plantings, Alsace only accounts for only 2 % of France's vineyards, and paradoxically it remains the source of some of the world's finest Rieslings.

The greatest German wines are planted widely on well-drained, south-facing slate-rich slopes. They produce delicate, racy, nervy and stylish wines that cover a wide spectrum of flavours from steely and bone dry with beautifully scented fruits of apples, apricots, and sometimes peaches, through to the exotically sweet flavours of the great sweet wines.

The French Riesling enjoy a deep continental climate created by the sheltering presence of the Vosges Mountains where the foothills have in turn provided excellent aspects & elevation notably along the southern, east-facing Haut-Rhin slopes. Alsace is also famed for being the birthplace of biodynamic viticulture in France, dating back in 1924; it has the country's highest proportion of biodynamic producers.

Overall, this session will focus on regions where Riesling is grown as spearhead of the national production : South Africa, Australia,etc.. but also on its greatest European regions : Mosel, Nahe, Rheingau, Ahr, Saxe and Alsace