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Wine with Reichensteiner grapes

by | Jun 16, 2017

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Reichensteiner is a white wine grape variety exclusively grown in the beautiful lands of Germany, New Zealand and England.

Reichensteiner grapes

In Germany, Reichensteiner covers one hundred six hectares, seventy-two hectares in New Zealand and eighty-five hectares in England.

Remarkably, Reichensteiner is a cross between Müller-Thurgau and Madeleine Angevine as well as Calabreser Froehlich propagated by Heinrich Birk.

This white grape variety is now very popular to UK vineyards because of the combined earliness of ripening of the fruit and the fruit left on the vines which became incredibly sweet.


The cross between Müller-Thurgau and Madeleine Angevine as well as Calabreser Froehlich resulted to a great white varietal – Reichensteiner.

It was propagated by Heinrich Birk at the Geisenheim research center in Rheingau Germany in 1939 and was accredited in 1978.

The Weisser and Calabreser is not actually the color mutation of Nero d’ Avola. It was named after the Reichensteiner castle lounged dramatically above the Rhein in Rheinland-Pfalz.

It is also used to reproduce the Swiss varieties Gamaret, Garanoir and Mara.

Characteristics of Reichensteiner

Bunches of berries from Reichensteiner are loose that is why they have good resistance to downy, mildew and botrytis bunch rot.

This grape variety is very high yielding, early to mid ripening. The sugar levels are broadly high but acidity is moderate except when the climate is very cool, where it is at risk of winter frost.

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Characteristics of Wines from Reichensteiner

Reichensteiner is often used in blending since it lacks acidity and neutral flavors especially when undergoing vinification process.

In England, it is the third most widely planted white wine grape variety after Chardonnay and Bacchus with a total of 95 hectares since 2009.

Wines made from Reichensteiner grapes are usually light-flavored and neutral also revealing weak and soft aromas.

Food Pairing

Even though wines from Reichensteiner are light-flavored and have weak and soft aromas, they still deserve to get the best food pairings.

Reichesteiner wines are recommended to be paired with fish, spicy food as well as cheese from fruity to dry.

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Michael Bredahl

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