A grape varietal, most notably known as Sylvaner, used in the production of white wine. Believed to have originated in Austria only small amounts are planted there in modern day. Sylvaner is being replaced by Müller-Thurgau, a hybrid of Riesling and Sylvaner. Although it is grown in the United States, (specifically California), Alsace, Switzerland, Chile, and Northern Italy, production has been dramatically reduced. Germany has become the most extensive producer of the Sylvaner (Silvaner) varietal, mainly in Rheinhessen, Rheinpfalz, and Franken. The highest quality Sylvaner’s are produced in Alsace (France), Franken (Germany), Switzerland, and Italy.
Characteristics: Dry, soft white wines, mildly intense, with moderate acidity. A modest grape varietal, it still has the ability to produce full, clean, white wines with a strong aroma. Floral, earthy, honey, and light spice are typical characteristics.
Ageing: Ageing potential of 1-3 years.
Serving temperature: Serve at a temperature of 50º-54º F.
Food pairings: As well as being an excellent aperitif, it pairs well with asparagus, cold meat platters, pasta dishes, rice dishes, white meats, and fish dishes.