Albalonga grapes

by | Dec 19, 2017

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Germany is renowned of having great wine grape varieties. Albalonga is a German cross, white wine grape variety from Rheinhessen.

Albalonga grapes

This wine grape variety is bred in the year 1950’s as a cross between Rieslaner and Silvaner, which produces wines with awesome level of sweetness.

Aside from the Rheinhessen wine region, the Albalonga grape variety is also grown in the Franken (Franconia) as well as in Pfalz (Palatinate) wine region.

Wines with Albalonga grapes

Origin

Albalonga, a cross between Rieslaner and Silvaner, first called Würzburg bred by Hans Breider in 1951, in the Würzburg cultivation institute and was officially registered in 1971.

The name Albalonga means “long white” based from the shape of bunches. It is proven that Silvaner is very similar to this grape variety since it was mentioned twice in its history.

Characteristics of Albalonga

The Albalonga grape variety has great acidity level. The vines bear small to medium – sized berries.

The yields of Albalonga should be limited to obtain quality. Overall, it is late ripening and has natural susceptibility to noble rot or botrytis.

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Characteristics of Albalonga Wines

Albalonga grapes cover 32 acres of land in Germany, predominantly in Rheinhessen and Pflaz.

It usually produces wines ranging from medium to very sweet but preserves good acidity.

Most of the wines have exotic fruit flavors, delivering floral and black-fruited aromas.

Food Pairings

The medium to very sweet wines of Albalonga match food varieties such as cheesecake, lemon meringue pie and apricot upside-down cake.

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