As to where the Riesling grape originated, no one knows for certain. Some scholars claim the grape was mentioned by the Roman historian Pliny the Elder. Others attribute the first plantings of Riesling to Medieval German kings or monks. Still others claim Riesling evolved from a grape that simply grew naturally in the Rhineland. Whatever the case, the first written reference to Riesling wine doesn’t occur until the late 13th Century.
It remains undisputed, however, that Riesling grapes were first cultivated in and around modern-day Germany. Experts agree that the world’s best Rieslings still come from this area.