A multifarious classic! It was long assumed that this grape originated in Romania but today it is known that it was first grown in Austria. Silvaner – a cross between Traminer and the autochtonous "Österreichisch Weiss" ("Austrian White") grape – is one of the oldest grapes being cultivated today. Records dating to 10 April 1659 show that this grape was already being planted in Franconia at the time. This grape was, until the middle of the 20th century, regarded as one of the most important types in Germany.
Today, Silvaner is grown on around 5% of the wine-growing areas in Germany – predominantly in Franconia, Rhine-Hesse and the Palatinate. It's quite demanding on soils and climate – it doesn't like severe winter frosts and its powerful bushy growth requires lots of attention from wine growers.
Depending on the location and ageing process, Silvaner can be an all-rounder: an uncomplicated summer wine or an elegant magnificent growth. Silvaner is able to perfectly reflect its terroir and combines earthy notes with delicate fruity aromas and a pleasant acidity.