Riesling Wines- Are these losing popularity in Australia?

riesling wine growing regions

Among the popular white wine varieties is Riesling. This is a white wine grape which is a native of Germany. The first wines from this grape were made in Germany and over a period of time, this spread to other regions of the world. Riesling wine grapes are now grown in all wine producing countries of the world. Germany and Alsace region of France account for the most of this share, growing as much as 42 percent of these grapes among themselves.

Riesling wines are generally more expensive than other varietals. You might not believe the fact that, in Germany, it is the smell of petrol which is used to adjudge which is a better Riesling than the other. The stronger the aroma, the better is the Riesling.  The most expensive of these wines are the ones which have been harvested late. The fruit is allowed to hang on to the vine well beyond its picking time to let the water evaporate naturally. This wine has high levels of acidity and pairs well with diverse range of food items. Another key factor that makes these wines expensive is the fact that these have very good cellaring potential. Natural high acidity and the added sugars help these wines to age well and become better year after year. It is also to be noted that most of Riesling wine consumption is when it is young.

In Australia, this is grown in regions having some characteristics of limestone topography, such as Clare (22 percent) and Eden valleys. For this reason, riesling wines develop a distinctive lime note. The wine is exported to a number of countries, with the USA being the single most important importer of this wine (accounting for 40 percent of its exports).

In Australia, this land area under this wine grape has been on decline since the last few years. It was at its lowest in 2015 since 2001. This declining trend has been attributed to decline in demand. However, whether Australia will cease to be a land of Riesling in future is something which is worrying the wine experts.


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