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The Origin of Riesling – Clouded in Mystery
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Riesling is Germany’s most cultivated grape variety, but who to is to credit for its cultivation?
雷司令是德国种植面积最广的葡萄品种,但是有谁知道第一位栽种雷司令的是谁呢?

Once upon a time, monks from the Mosel region in Germany cultivated the grape variety Riesling. At least that is what some experts of wine history believe. Other historians claim that King Louis the German, who lived in the 9th century, was the first one who had Riesling planted. Like other grape varieties, the origin of Riesling is clouded in mystery. The grape variety’s name possibly originated from the word ‘Russling’. ‘Rus’ is an old German word for dark wood. Other experts think that Riesling got its name from the word ‘Rissling’. ‘Rissig means to tear something apart.
很久前,传教士在德国的莫塞地区开始种植雷司令葡萄。部分历史学家都认为这是德国葡萄酒历史的开始。而另一些历史学家则认为在九世纪的路易一世是在德国种植雷司令葡萄的始祖。至今,雷司令的起源仍然是个谜。


Germany’s Riesling was favored all over Europe, until it got a counterpart in the 17th century – Chardonnay. The white wine variety caused a huge plunge in demand for Riesling. It took a while until German Riesling was ‘in’ again. At the end of the 19th century, Riesling was the wine of choice for European royals. Top money was paid for Riesling, exceeding even those of wine from Bordeaux.
直到17世纪霞多丽出现之前,德国的雷司令一直是整个欧洲最受欢迎的骄子。白葡萄品种多样化的巨增削弱了大家对雷司令的热情。不过之后雷司令又再次崛起,在19世纪末,雷司令再度成为了欧洲葡萄酒品种的翘楚。有些雷司令葡萄酒的价格甚至超过了波尔多地区的红酒。


In the beginning of the 20th century German wine growers turned their back on Riesling and preferred varieties such as Silvaner. It took another 100 years, until Riesling regained the position it once had, namely high quality white wine.
在20世纪初,德国种植葡萄的首选就是雷司令和席瓦娜。经过百年的时间,雷司令已经重新登顶至白葡萄酒的王者地位。是当之无愧的白葡萄酒之王。

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