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Silvaner

Silvaner is a classic white grape variety grown mainly in Germany. It is a medium-bodied, elegant variety with a distinct character, a pleasing freshness and delicate aromas. Its pale golden colour and delicate floral and fruity aromas make it a great choice for many occasions.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Silvaner's pale green-yellow colour is one of its defining features. It has delicate aromas of white flowers and hay, with a medium to light body and rather high acidity. On the palate, it has notes of citrus and stone fruit, with a hint of spice and a long mineral finish.

Fresh Silvaner grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Silvaner is widely grown in Germany, particularly in the regions of Franconia, Rheinhessen and Baden. It is also grown in Austria, Switzerland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Silvaner is a hardy variety that prefers cool climates and is relatively easy to cultivate although it buds relatively early and is therefore susceptible to spring frosts. It is susceptible to powdery mildew and downy mildew, so it needs to be treated with care. It ripens late and is usually harvested in September. Silvaner wines from Germany can vary in style. In Franconia and Rheinhessen, Silvaner is usually dry and medium bodied with a mineral character and high acidity. The best examples come from the shell limestone soils in the Franconia region. Silvaner pairs well with a variety of dishes, from salads and seafood to pork and poultry. It is also a great choice for enjoying on its own.

Foods to pair with Silvaner:

Asian food
Pasta
Curry
Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Silvaner
Silvaner is one of the oldest grape varieties in Germany and has been grown there since the 17th century. It is believed to be a descendant of Savagnin, a white grape variety grown in France and Switzerland.

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