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On the grapevine: Müller-Thurgau

Müller-Thurgau is a vine which we know less about than we should, considering it makes up a considerable percentage of all the vines grown in Germany. It is a white grape variety which was created in the Swiss Canton of Thurgau in 1882 by Hermann Müller. It is mainly used to make wines in Germany and Austria but it is also found in other regions including Japan, Slovakia and New Zealand. The grape was first created by crossing Riesling with Madeleine Royal.

It is one of the leading grapes planted in Germany, it has a reputation which has been less than positive in the past but in the present day Müller-Thurgau wines are crisp, easy to drink and very popular in Continental Europe and beyond.

Müller-Thurgau has had a leading role in the German wine industry since the 1980s and into the 1990s and it was only in the 2000s when a real boom in Riesling happened and Müller-Thurgau’s popularity lessened slightly. The versatility that the grape offers makes it particularly popular and it is enjoyed by people of all tastes and particularly liked by wine novices.

It is a grape which grows relatively easily and it provides consistently high yields which further boosts it popularity and with a little focus from some wineries, it has become a more enjoyable wine and not simply one which can be mass produced. It is a wine best enjoyed in its youth, as quickly as possible and it has a light and refreshing flavour which has made it more popular and enjoyed beyond the borders of Germany more frequently.

As well as producing singular Müller-Thurgau wines the grape is often combined with others to create interesting and vibrant offerings such as the Tomas Cusine, Auzells, 2014 in our collection which combines the grape with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Macabeo for a fruity fresh and fragrant end product.

Though this is a grape which has often found itself in the shadow of Riesling and other similar varietals, it is certainly worth sampling.