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Graševina grapes

by | Jan 6, 2017

Graševina is an amazing variety of white wine grape which is used for creating and preparing a number of tasteful wines from Croatia.

Graševina is also known as Welschriesling in other parts of the World.


This grape variety is a very famous grape which is primarily known and grown in the regions of Eastern Europe. This grape variety also finds its cultivation in the central Europe, where the locals use it in the production of various varietals as well as a blending grape.

This grape is mostly known for its notorious neutrality as it is used in the preparation of light and uninteresting wines that are high in acidity.

Graševina is not only famous in the region of Europe, but is a very popular grape variety all over the world. This is the reason why it is grown and cultivated throughout the world.

Interestingly, Graševina is referred to as the number of names throughout the world. It entertains a number of synonyms. In the regions of Austria, this grape variety is very widely called as Welschriesling.

However, this should not be confused with another famous grape variety, Riesling as the former is entirely different from the latter.

Graševina prepares the wines that are very fruity and flowery in nature. Not only this, some regions extract this grape variety into different kinds of harvest as well as sparkling wines that are admired by a number of people.

This is also the most planted variety of white wine grape in Croatia. The plantation of this white wine grape variety is most abundantly carried out in the region of Neusiedler See in southeast Austria.

In that particular region, this grape is used in the preparation of lusciously sweet as well as textured Trockenbeerenauslese wines.

Wine grape varieties

Apart from Croatia, this variety of white wine grape also covers a great area of land in the form of vineyards in Northern Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Romania, Czech Republic as well as Slovakia.

This variety of white wine grape is considered as very easy to grow. The vines of Graševina demand dry and hot climates with warm temperature of the soil.

This grape variety is highly productive and it sustains a good level of acidity in the warmer climates which also make it very reliable quality of grape for all the growers and peasants.

This grape variety is highly rewarding, both in the vineyards as well as in the indigenous forms. It retains all its characteristics and tastes very good on the table. This is the reason why this grape variety is extracted into a number of tasteful wines of the world.

Apart from Welshcriesling, this grape variety is known under a number of names such as Grassica, Riesling Italico, Banat Riesling, Laski Rizling, Olaszrizling, Vojvodina, Riesler, Borba, Welschrizling, Walschriesling, Borba and many others, depending on the region in which it is cultivated.

Origin of the Graševina grapes

The origin of this white wine grape variety is very uncertain and disputed in nature. Since it is also known as Welschriesling, it is often considered to have an origin in Germany or Romania.

At the same time, according to a number of experts Graševina finds its origin in Croatia. The assumptions as to the origin of this white wine grape variety claim that this origin might be somewhere in the eastern region of the Balkans.

However, a modern theory claims that this grape variety is originated in the region of Champagne. The origin of this grape variety is still a topic of debate among several experts and ampelographers.

Wines with Graševina grapes

Characteristics of Graševina Wines

This grape variety is known to be producing a number of tasteful wines of the world. The wines produced out of Graševina are neutral and light.

However, in the very warm and humid vineyards, the grapes of the wine can form a noble rot botrytis which can lead to the finest expressions of the grape.

This grape variety is mostly blended with Chardonnay which eventually provides these wines a good weight. The wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are also experimented a lot in terms of its taste, flavours and expressions and the results so formed are pretty impressive.

Food Pairing with Graševina Wines

The wines produced out of this grape variety taste their best when they are paired with a Dalmatian stew called brodet in a drier form, sweet lime sorbet as well as sweet lemon pound cake.

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Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

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