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A kind of accelerated Riesling


"A successful timidity is a blend of fruit flavors that range from blackcurrant to yellow grapefruit and exotic fruit. Full bodied, very juicy and with lively but not pointed acidity, this wine acts like a kind of accelerated Riesling. "

This is how wine journalist Stuart Pigott characterizes this rhine-hessian grape variety original. The varietal aroma is reminiscent of blackcurrants (Cassis). The noble sweet varieties are characterized by a long shelf life and show after many years an impressive peach aroma or an intense rose scent.
The Scheurebe places almost as great demands on the location as the Riesling. It tolerates dry, barren soil, but also copes well with loess soil and with calcareous soils, as these are widespread in Rheinhessen.
Dry estate wines from the Scheurebe are in vogue. In particular, the young winegrowers show their origin with this grape variety. It has the impression that the Scheurebe is reinventing itself. It is logical that this changed navel show is taking place in Rheinhessen, because here lies the largest Scheurebe area in Germany (703 ha).

A bit of history: During World War I, the vine grower Georg Scheu succeeded in breeding the new Scheurebe with his 88th seedling of a crossbreeding series. In this confusing relationship box, the Riesling played the main role as a mother and after lengthy paternity tests, the Bukettrebe (Silvaner x Trollinger) could be identified as a partner. The SWR Weinmann Werner Eckert adds to the view of history: "In 1936, the variety was first called Dr. Wagner vine - after a Nazi peasant leader - but after 1945, this name was no longer opportune. It was not until 1956 that she was christened after her breeder "Scheurebe". Between them she was called seedling 88 ".

Georg Scheu, a native of Krefeld, had gained his first wine experience in Geisenheim prior to his involvement in Rheinhessen and was not able to make friends with the region's acidic Riesling wines. His focus as a vine grower was therefore directed to fruity, aromatic varieties. "The audience does not get used to it. We have to build what the wine drinker demands! "Georg Scheu formulated his dream and set to work.

Georg Scheu was not a scientist in the ivory tower, he was with the people, he was in the vineyards and in the cellars of the winemakers on the way. He was far more than a vine grower. His professional, viticultural advice was groundbreaking in Rheinhessen.

Georg Scheu was a fine spirit, he was creative and musically, danced and painted and studied choreographed dances with the girlies of the Alzeyer agricultural winery. The wild 20s actually took place in Alzeyer Land. The pictures from this time show a shyness with his ascetic habit in the middle of the Alzeyer girls.

Scientist, vine grower, viticulture consultant, painter and choreographer - multitasking 100 years ago - Georg Scheu has shown how it works and how to live it.

Scheurebe, his greatest achievement as a vine grower, is experiencing a wonderful renaissance 100 years after her birth. This pleases not only winemakers and wine lovers, but also opens up new design possibilities in the catering industry. Dry to fine-sour Scheurebe wines are recommended as a companion to aromatic-spicy ragouts of fish and poultry, especially from the Asian cuisine. Delicious sweet late reading and reading are particularly suitable for fruity desserts and cheeses.

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