riesling is a white grape variety which origninated in the rhine region of germany. riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high aacidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, and sparkling wines. riesling wines are usually varietally pure and are seldom oaked. as of 2004 riesling was estimated to the wolds 20th most grown variety with an increasing popularity. in order of importance riesling ranks 3rd, behind only chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. in cool climates, such as it's home country germany, riesling wine tend to exhibit apple and tree fruit notes with noticeable levels of acidity that are sometimes balanced with residual sugar.