Silvaner (sil-VAHN-er)


Austrian variety, mostly neutral in character, that is a cross of savagnin with osterriechisch weiss, an ancient white variety grown near Vienna. In Germany, silvaner makes a somewhat more characterful dry, firm, bold wine, especially in the Franken region. In Alsace, France, silvaner is known as sylvaner and some very good wines are made from the grape though acreage in Alsace is declining.

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