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Riesling Italico grapes

by | Feb 20, 2017

Riesling Italico is considered as a famous variety of white wine grape which is grown and planted throughout the areas of Central Europe.

Riesling Italico

This grape variety is often confused with another grape variety called Rhine Riesling, but both these grape varieties are entirely different from each-other.

In the region of Germany this grape variety is referred to as Welschriesling and in this particular region, this grape is considered as a very typical grape variety in the region of Valtenesi.

The grapes of this white wine grape variety are small to medium as to their size and the whole pulp is layered by a thin skin.

Today, the plantation and cultivation of this white wine grape variety are carried out throughout the regions of Italy.

The vines of this white wine grape variety show particular interest; in the regions of Trentino, Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Emilia Romagna, Lazio as well as the Marches.

The soils in which this white wine grape variety is planted and cultivated, especially in the Pratello vineyard is considered as calcareous, loose as well as stony.

These vines when grown at an altitude of 250 meters above the sea level enjoy a good exposure and a constant breeze that further fetches good ventilation and permits for a perfect ripeness of the grapes of Riesling Italico.

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These grapes are harvested in the middle of the month of September. There are a number of regions where the plantation and cultivation of this white wine grape variety are carried out either in abundance or in least quantities.

In Austria the primary regions where the grapes of this variety are planted are Styria in Burgenland, Weinviertel in Lower Austria, Rust near Lake Neusiedl and many others.

It is further planted in the regions of Romania, where this grape is used as to the production of late harvest and sparkling wines.

In Slovakia, this white wine grape variety is grown in the Modra and Nitra wine regions, In Slovenia this white wine grape variety is grown in the region of Lower Styrian of the eastern Slovenia, where this grape is concerned with the production of dry to medium-dry wines.

This white wine grape variety is known under a number of synonyms such as Aminea Gemela, Glasica, Grasevina, Petit Riesling, Italian Riesling, Talijanski Rizling, Nemes Olasz Rizling, Olaszrizling, Vlasak, Riesling Italico and many others.


The origin of this white wine grape variety is not yet confirmed. It is believed that this white wine grape variety is found in the Lombardy as well as some neighboring regions of northern Italy.

However, there are a number of different notions in regard to the origin of this grape. Some say that this grape variety has been originated in the regions of Rome and later on it has been brought to the Central Europe by the ancient Romans.

On the very contrary, the Croatian synonym of this grape, Grasevina advices that this white wine grape variety could be a native to Croatia and the origin of this grape might be somewhere to the east of the Balkans.


The grapes of this white wine grape variety are considered as small to medium as to their size. This variety provides a good level of minerality as well as acidity to the wine and the color of the grapes gives a little green reflection.

The wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are considered as very elegant, aromatic as well as fruity as to their overall flavor.

There are hints of sweet minerals that are a pleasure to both the tongue as well as the nose. This grape variety is best known as to the production of dry wines that are considered as light and slightly floral in nature with a little blend of citrus in them.

Overall, these wines so produced are impressive and therefore they are preferred by a number of people onto their tables.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are best paired with the food items such as black currant pie, barbecued vegetables as well as honey tart.


Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

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