We are getting ready to print the fifth edition of our very popular Riesling Rules Book. The success of this reference book has been astonishing and unforeseen. When we wrote the book we thought that a few Riesling geeks would pick it up and enjoy it as a compendium of everything Riesling. Well, here we are, five editions and 45,000 free books distributed later. Between editions we always have a few corrections and updates; sometimes the producing rules change, sometimes we’ve misspelled a name, or sometimes the numbers change. We welcome our reader’s feedback too. Please let us know if you have something you’d like to contribute.
One of the charts that gets updated with every edition is the Riesling producing acreage in each region worldwide. In the latest edition, this table has been revamped to gather a few regions that had previously been broken out in smaller appellations. The two main regions that have been created are South Australia (grouping Clare, Barossa and Eden Valley) and Niederosterreich (gathering Kamptal, Kremstal and Wachau in particular). We believe that gathering those appellations into one overarching region allows for a better comparison with other large regions like California or New Zealand. Below is an attempt at comparing the tables and the changes from the third edition (data mostly from 2006) and the fifth edition (data from 2011).
We want to point out several things:
– In the top ten, acreage is up 21% with some major growth in Washington (+79%), California (+45%) and Rheinhessen (+24%).
– Several changes in rank are noticeable in the top ten: The Pfalz is now the #1 Riesling producer in the world ahead of the Mosel; Rheinhessen is now a larger producer than Alsace; Washington’s growth propels it to the fifth largest producer (was seventh in 2006 – getting close to Alsace in size).
– The grouping of South Australia and Niederosterreich moves those two regions into the top ten; South Australia is slightly smaller than Washington in the sixth position and Niederosterreich slightly smaller than California in tenth position.
– The rest of the world is pretty stable overall (note: this is not an exhaustive list, as many countries do not report acreage well. We suspect high Riesling acreage in Romania, Moldavia and Russia).
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We look forward to hearing your feedback!