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Elbling

The Elbling is the oldest cultivated white grape in Europe. The Romans named it "Vitis alba", which meant "white grape." Historians believe that the Romans brought the grape into Germany over 2,000 years ago. From the Middle Ages until the 18th century, the Elbling grape was planted throughout Germany, its neighboring countries, as well as in Eastern Europe. However, the popularity of the Elbling wines slowly decreased as less expensive wines began to be produced. Today, the Elbling grape is planted almost exclusively in the Mosel region. Elbling plantings account for only 1,440 acres (583 hectares) or 0.6% of Germany's wine regions.

The Elbling grape is used mainly for producing sparkling wines. These wines are fresh, enjoyable, and usually dry. They pair well with seafood, as well as hearty sandwiches.

 




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