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Appellations Growing Scheurebe Grapes

Appellations producing the most Scheurebe wines:

Scheurebe Grape Details

Widely planted in Germany’s Rheinfalz, Rheinhessen and Franconia regions, this grape was developed in that country in 1916. The grape is also known as the less guttural sounding but equally difficult to market Alzey S. 88, and Samling 88. In North America, Scheurebe is grown in the Pelee Island DVA in southern Ontario and on a very small scale by German settlers in British Columbia, as well as a scant few acres in Virginia. The Joseph Phelps’ winery is currently the only known grower in California. Thought by many to be a Silvaner x Riesling cross (a usually safe bet for German crosses), although recent DNA testing suggests only the Riesling half of its parentage can be determined. Scheurebe typically produces full bodied white wines with attractive aromatics and fine acid levels, and is capable of achieving ‘Auslese’ Prädikat quality in better vintages. The variety is generally frost-resistant, high-yielding relative to Riesling, and typically ripens between mid-September and the end of October. Table wines made from Scheurebe can be extremely exciting, age worthy and of high quality. The variety’s winter hardiness suggests it will make an excellent Riesling substitute for Virginia and other mid-Atlantic states.

Featured Scheurebe

Joseph Phelps Vineyards 2006 Eisrebe (St. Helena ~ Napa Valley)

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