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Müller-Thurgau (Rivaner) - white vine variety


The Müller-Thurgau, or Rivaner, is the second most widely planted grape in Germany and accounts for about a fifth of the total vineyard area. It is named after Professor Müller of Thurgau, Switzerland, who created it in 1882, by crossing Riesling and Madeleine Royale — not, as previously assumed, Riesling and Silvaner.

Müller-Thurgau yields about 30% more than Riesling and ripens earlier, usually in the latter part of September. While this vine requires less sun and makes few demands of the climate, it does need more rain than Riesling, as well as soil with good drainage. Thewines are generally light, with a flowery bouquet and less acidity than Riesling.

Müller-Thurgau (Muller-Thurgau) often carries a hint of Muscat in its flavor. The wines are best consumed while fresh and young. Dry versions are increasingly marketed under the synonymRivaner. It is grown throughout German wine country.

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