Monday, September 18, 2006

Sylvaner Becomes A Grand Cru Grape

SylvanerGRAPES-w.jpgThe little-known Sylvaner grape can join the Pinot Gris and Riesling varietals as a grand cru, the French appellation authority INAO has ruled.

Though the designation only applies to one grand cru plot, the 14ha Zotzenberg vineyard, it is considered a major victory for winemakers in northern Alsace who have been fighting for some 15 years for the recognition of Sylvaner.

“The Zotzenberg terroir best allows Sylvaner to express its exceptional complexity and finally enter the closed circle of grands crus,” said Stéphane Wantz of the Domaine Alfred Wantz in Mittelbergheim.


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