Attention all you wine aficionados, enthusiasts, and connoisseurs alike!

The 13th of March is fast approaching, and you know what that means – it’s time to raise a glass in honor of International Riesling Day. Whether you’re a seasoned Riesling aficionado or a curious newcomer to the world of wine, this is a day worth celebrating!

But first, let’s talk Riesling. Ah, Riesling – the versatile grape varietal that has captured the hearts and palates of wine lovers around the globe.

Riesling, often hailed as the “queen of white grapes,” boasts a rich and storied history dating back centuries. Originating in the Rhine region of Germany, this noble grape has been cultivated since the 15th century, with its earliest recorded mention in 1435. Over the years, Riesling has spread its vines across the globe, finding success in regions like Australia, Canada, and the United States.

Riesling Grapes

Riesling Grapes

What sets Riesling apart is its remarkable versatility, capable of producing wines that range from bone-dry to lusciously sweet. Its ability to express terroir and age gracefully has cemented its status as a beloved varietal among wine enthusiasts worldwide.

Today, Riesling’s complex flavors, vibrant acidity, and age-worthy potential continue to captivate palates, ensuring its enduring popularity and adoration among wine lovers everywhere.

Click here to read about the history of Riesling 

Let’s start our journey Down Under, shall we? Australian Rieslings are renowned for their vibrant acidity, crisp citrus flavors, and a touch of that quintessential Aussie charm. Brands like Gomersal Riesling showcase the best of what Australian winemaking has to offer, with wines that are perfect for sipping on a lazy summer afternoon or pairing with fresh seafood.

Read more about Australian Rieslings here

Now, let’s hop across the pond to Canada, where Riesling vines flourish in the cool climate of regions like the Niagara Peninsula. Thirty Bench Winemakers Blend Riesling is a shining example of Canadian craftsmanship, boasting a perfect balance of acidity, minerality, and fruitiness that will leave you craving another glass.

Read more about the renowned Canadian Rieslings 

And finally, we arrive in the land of the free, where Riesling vines thrive in regions like Washington State and New York. Brooks Wine Ara Riesling is a standout example of American Riesling, with wines that are as elegant as they are expressive, offering notes of ripe peach, honeyed citrus, and a hint of petrol that is uniquely Riesling.

Read more about how the Americans make their Rieslings



But enough about the wines – let’s talk about why International Riesling Day is so special. It’s a day to celebrate diversity, toasting to the unique flavors and characteristics that each bottle of Riesling brings to the table. It’s a day to explore, to try something new, and to expand your wine horizons.

So, how will you be celebrating International Riesling Day this year? Will you be popping open a bottle of your favorite Australian, Canadian, or American Riesling?

We have a range of International Rieslings, available right here in Australia 

Or perhaps you’ll use this opportunity to explore a new brand or vintage? Whatever you choose, one thing is for certain – International Riesling Day is a day worth raising a glass to.

And if you’re thirsty for more Riesling knowledge (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?), there’s no better time to dive deeper into the world of this noble grape varietal. From food pairings to aging potential, there’s always something new and exciting to learn about Riesling.

Some of our favourite Riesling pairings to come . . . .

So, here’s to International Riesling Day – a day to sip, savor, and celebrate the magic of Riesling wines from around the world. Cheers! 🥂

Australian Riesling

Australian Riesling

Info and Images credit:

  • Wine Spectator
  • Wine Australia
  • This Day in Wine History
  • Decanter


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