Reichensteiner is a white wine grape that is mainly grown in Germany(349 hectares (860 acres) (1986 fig.)) and England(88.5 hectares (219 acres) (2004 fig.)), although New Zealand also grows a small quantity. It is a cross between Müller-Thurgau and Madeleine Angevine x Calabreser Froehlich, and was first bred in Germany during 1939.

In England, it is the 2nd most grown after Seyval Blanc(2002 fig.).

It is quite high in sugars, so is suited to cooler climates, and is suitable for making both sparkling and still wines, but often needs blending with other varieties as it does not add much flavour.

It has been used to breed Garanoir (Gamay Noir x Reichensteiner) and Ehrenbreitsteiner.


Origin: Germany