Reisling is very cold-hearty thanks to its very hard wood. The best climates will allow economic yields and full ripeness. These are generic growing characteristics of this varietal. Rootstock selection will impact the production, ripening and growth patterns of any varietal material.
Riesling has relatively low alcohol production and high acidity as well as extract. Very strong flavors and aromas that can range from mineral, fruity, and floral to spicy.
One of the world's greatest white wine grapes, Riesling is also one of the oldest German varieties. The name Riesling comes from the old German word rîzan, meaning to split, probably by how the bunch splits between the fingers when held. The variety likely originated in the Rheingau, on the northern bank of the Rhein River in Germany.