Grown extensively throughout Hungary and Central Europe, known as Welschriesling in Austria and Graševina in Croatia, it is often considered a workhorse variety. However, it is also capable of producing complex, mineral white wines, both oaked and unoaked, in the right hands and under the right conditions as well as luscious, botrytised, sweet wines in Rust near Lake Neusiedl. Although its name implies a relationship with the noble Rhine Riesling, it is completely unrelated. Its origins are uncertain, with some names suggesting that the ancient Romans brought it to Central Europe whereas its Croatian name points to the East.
Welschriesling flavor profile
Olaszrizling – Hungary’s most widely grown variety