Riesling Italico

or Riesling Italianski

Appears in

Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Riesling Italico or Riesling Italianski, white grape variety which Germans would like to see called rizling Italico to distinguish it from true riesling, known as Riesling Renano in Italy. In Austria, it is called welschriesling (under which more details can be found); in much of what was yugoslavia, it is called laški rizling, in the czech republic, it is called Ryzlink Vlašský, and in hungary, it is called olasz rizling. In Romania it is known as Riesling Italico (sic). Within Italy, it is most common in the far north east, in friuli just over the border from slovenia. Provided its tendency to overcrop is curbed, it can produce delicate, crisp, mildly flowery wines, most in collio. It is grown to a limited extent in alto adige and, more successfully, in lombardy.