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The 7 most planted white grape varieties in Luxembourg

Updated: Apr 19

1. Rivaner (25% of the Grand-Duchy's total wine production)


Widely used to produce popular consumer wines, this variety is a base for uncomplicated wines with a pleasant acid structure and fruity notes, which explains its number one position.


2. Pinot Gris (15%)


The cultivated acreage for Pinot Gris has doubled in the last 20 years. Producing wines with fresh, pleasant acidity and pleasant minerality, the cultivars lead to ideal accompaniments for gastronomic but also traditional cuisine. Its increasing popularity might be associated with its famous Italian counterpart “Pinot Grigio”, a worldwide hit. Folie à 9° contains 10% of Pinot Gris.


3. Auxerrois (14%)


Leading to elegant wines, sometimes reminding of a white Burgundy, Auxerrois wines almost never disappoint. A rather rare cultivar, it is used to produce gastronomic wines and has mellow style, fresh and fruity but also complex at the same time. Auxerrois makes up 60% of Folie à 9°’s content.


4. Riesling (13%)


The ‘King of white wines’, probably the most famous Luxembourgish cultivar, is only at fourth position. Riesling is indeed the most cultivated variety in Germany (22% of total production), but not in Luxembourg.


Luxembourgish Riesling wines are incredibly multi-facetted and “breathe” the shell limestone soil on which the vines grow. Its acidity is stimulating, and its aromas range from exotic fruits to citrus fruits and apple, with an elegant minerality and spicy overtones.


5. Pinot blanc (12%)


An important basic wine for crémant, Pinot blanc produces basic wines that can have notes of pineapples and hints of almonds. Very often grown in oak barrels, the fruity notes can shift to buttery overtones.


6. Elbling (7%)


Historically used as a basis for crémant, Elbling produces excellent low alcohol crispy wines with aromas of citrus fruit and sometimes pomegranate. Elbling makes up 20% of Folie à 9°.


7. Gewürztraminer (2%)


This special cultivar presents an explosion of aromas ranging from lychee and peach to grapefruit and honey with a perfect balance between sweetness and acidity. Quite common in Alsace, its wines can be an exquisite accompaniment to cheese platters.


Source: AOP – Moselle Luxembourgeoise, www.aop.lu ; www.agribenchmark.org


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