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The Sylvaner white grape originated in Central Europe as the progeny of the Austrian Österreichisch Weiss and the northern Italian Traminer. While this white grape migrated from Austria to Germany during the Middle Ages, today, it grows in the French Alsace region. During the early 20th century, Sylvaner, also known as Silvaner, was Germany's most popular white wine variety. Today, it accounts for about 5% of the country's white wine vineyards. This small percentage may result from decreased promotion compared to other German and French varieties, such as Riesling and Pinot Blanc.
The largest planting of Sylvaner is in Rheinhessen, west of Frankfurt, as well as in two of the region's top Sylvaner producers, Wittmann and Schätzel. The white wine produced here is brisk and fresh, similar to a Sauvignon Blanc. In the southwest corner of Germany, Baden delivers remarkable Sylvaner wines, as does the Franken region. These grapes are considered a specialty of the area and produce what many claim to be the best wines worldwide. Dry and full-bodied, Franken Sylvaner comes in a unique flat, wide bottle called a bocksbeutel.
Sylvaner wines produced in Alsace have a different character and finish. They are richer tasting with notes of honey and melon. This European white wine variety of grape also calls home to Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovakia, and Romania.
Sylvaner wines are radiant and refreshing, and they are the ideal beverage to sip during a summer evening with friends. When it comes to pairing with foods, this light yet slightly bitter wine works well with various salads, tapas, shellfish, and grilled fish. Since it holds a more delicate structure, Sylvaner should not be paired with bolder flavors. Vegetables of all types, particularly asparagus, are a great companion to Sylvaner.
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