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The Šafran Winery has a hall that can be used for meetings or seminars, which seats up to 60 persons. We are also able to organise receptions for you.


Rhine Riesling

The right name for this sort would be White Riesling (Weisser Riesling), and other common names for it include Renski Rizling, Rheingauer, Johannisberger, Hochheimer, Petit Riesling, Riesling Blanc, Petit Rhin, Riesling Renano.
Many wine connoisseurs call the Rhine Riesling the king of white wines and the noblest white wine sort in the world. It is believed that this sort originates from the valley of the Rhine in Germany, although the Austrians claim it to be their own sort, supporting this claim with the fact that there was a vineyard named Ritzling in 1301 near Wachau. As the story goes, the qualities of the Rhine Riesling were discovered purely by chance, namely: in late 18th century, the Benedictines, who cultivated this vine in Johannisberg in the Rhine region, would send the grapes to an expert in Fulda for assessment, in order to receive official approval for the harvest. In 1775, for unknown reasons, the courier carrying the permit to start the harvest came back to the monastery with a huge delay. The grapes have already become overripe, and the noble rot descended on some of the grapes. The monks, who were at first apprehensive that the harvest would be ruined - and the Benedictines used to live off cultivating vines and selling the wine - were later on thrilled with this late harvest.

Today, the Rhine Riesling is most widely spread in Italy, Australia, California and in the countries of the Western Europe. It is interesting that it is not permitted to cultivate this sort in France, except in Alsace.
This sort thrives on different types of soil, as long as they are warm and porous, and the best quality wines come from the slate soils. It expressly requires a good south-oriented position, a lot of sun and warmth, protected from wind. It is harvested late, and for predicate wines it is harvested in December.

The wine from the regular harvest is of golden-greenish colour. Predicate wines are golden yellow. The rich bouquet of this wine contains a touch of apricot, peach, even rose. Its taste offers an ideal ratio of sugar and acid.

A dry Rhine Riesling is served in what is called a Riesling glass, at a temperature from 10 - 12o C, with seafood dishes, snails, smoked fish, baked and boiled white fish, asparagus, artichoke heart, warm pasta antipasti, gnocchi, spaghetti, macaroni, feather game, cheeses, such as the Edam Cheese and Gauda, process cheese. The semi-dry Rhine Riesling goes well with dishes such as cold salmon, ham, baked fish, roast veal, lamb and pork. Predicate wines with higher residual sugar are served at 12o C, in a smaller white wine glass, with fresh cheese and a sweet desert (but not with chocolate creams).
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