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Welschriesling
Welschriesling
(also known as Laški Rizling, Olasz Riesling
Riesling
and Graševina) is a white wine grape variety, unrelated to the Rhine Riesling, that is grown throughout Central Europe.

Contents

1 Origin 2 Wine regions 3 Synonyms 4 References

Origin[edit] The descendance of Welschriesling
Welschriesling
is uncertain. The German name Welschriesling
Welschriesling
literally means 'Romanic Riesling' (cf. Walhaz), and most of the synonyms in Central Europe
Central Europe
are variations on 'Italian Riesling'. Welschriesling
Welschriesling
may have been brought to Central Europe
Central Europe
by the ancient Romans. However, the Croatian name Graševina suggests that the origin might be somewhere to the east of the Balkans. A modern theory claims that Welschriesling
Welschriesling
originated in the Champagne region and came as welsch (in this case French) Riesling
Riesling
via Heidelberg
Heidelberg
to the lands of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Wine regions[edit]

In Austria, the main regions where it is grown are south and south eastern Styria, in Burgenland, and in the Weinviertel
Weinviertel
region of Lower Austria, where it is also made into sparkling wine. In Rust near Lake Neusiedl, it is used to make Botrytis dessert wines. In Croatia, Graševina is the most planted white grape variety. It is grown in all the inland wine regions, particularly in Kutjevo municipality and around Ilok, both in the far east of the country. In the Czech Republic, Ryzlink vlašský is grown in the South Moravian Region, particularly in the Mikulovská and Velkopavlovická wine subregions (vinařská podoblast).[1] In Hungary, Olaszrizling is the most widespread grape variety of the country, e.g. in the Csopak wine region on Lake Balaton. In Italy, it is known as Riesling
Riesling
Italico when grown in the northern regions such as Trentino, Collio and Friuli. In Romania, it is called Riesling
Riesling
Italian where it makes a late harvest and sparkling wine. In Slovakia it is grown in the Modra
Modra
and Nitra
Nitra
wine regions. In Slovenia, Welschriesling
Welschriesling
is known as laški rizling ('Italian Riesling') as opposed to renski rizling ('Rhine Rieslingi; i.e., Riesling
Riesling
proper). It is grown in the Lower Styria
Styria
region of eastern Slovenia, produces dry to medium-dry wines in the Vipava Valley
Vipava Valley
in western Slovenia, and is cultivated in White Carniola
White Carniola
to the southeast with well-known superior quality wines.

Bottles of Graševina quality wine from Međimurje County, northern Croatia

Synonyms[edit] Aminea Gemela, Biela Sladka, Bielasladka Grasica, Glasica, Grasavina Talijanska, Grasevina, Graševina, Grasica, Groshevina, Italianski Rizling, Laški Rizling, Nemes Olasz Rizling, Olaszrizling, Olasz Rizling, Petit Riesling, Petracine, Rakusky Rizling, Riesler, Riesli, Riesling, Riesling
Riesling
Italian, Riesling
Riesling
Italico, Risling Italyanskii, Risling Vlashskii, Rismi, Rizling Italico, Rizling Vlašský, Talianska Graseviana, Talijanski Rizling, Vlasak,[2] Italian Riesling, Ryzlink vlašský, Ryzlink References[edit]

^ Wine of Czech Republic: Statistics and Charts, Accessed: June 29, 2011 ^ Maul, E.; Eibach, R. (1999-06-00). "Vitis International Variety Catalogue". Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity (IBV) of the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE), Deichmanns Aue 29, 53179 Bonn, Germany. Retrieved 2007-04-15.  Check date values in:

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