What’s the Best Riesling Wine? [8 Top Recommendations]
This post was updated on: August 1, 2020

What's the Best Riesling Wine?

In today's wine guide, we take a close look at Riesling. If you're looking for the very best in Riesling wine then you're in the right place! Read on to see which we prefer over all others!

Best Reisling Wine

You will find some of the best Riesling wines come from Germany, Alsace and the U.S.

However, you can find other very good quality Riesling wines in other countries around the world too.

In this list of top rated Riesling brands and their spectacular wines, you'll find a real mix from all over the world.

They each have their own exciting take on the Riesling grape and this makes for some really interesting drinking!

The Riesling grape can also be grown in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand and I wouldn’t rule these wines out. 

With regards to the U.S., the best Riesling grapes are grown in California and New York, however Washington is now particularly well known for its Riesling wine.

But, that's enough background information!

Here are our favorite Riesling wine varieties that you simply must try!

1. 2013 Biltmore Riesling Wine

2013 Biltmore Riesling Wine

Our first recommendation is the 2013 Biltmore Riesling Wine which is just $11.99 for one 750 ml bottle.

You can also get three of these for $35.97 or six for $71.94. This is a truly amazing price for such a good quality Riesling wine.

The design of the bottle is just as good as the taste too, which is what I like. I always like to pick wines that I not only enjoy drinking but also look good when they're displayed on my wine rack.

The 2013 Biltmore Riesling Wine comes from the Biltmore Estate Wine Company Winery which is in America.

The main tastes of this Riesling wine are floral, fruity and acidic, which is just what a Riesling wine is all about. If you’re looking for a Riesling wine that will go nicely with spicy cuisine or trout dishes then this is just what you need.

The sweetness of the 2013 Biltmore Riesling Wine isn’t too strong . This winery has done very well to find the perfect balance between the fruity flavors and floral notes. To back up how good this Riesling really is, if you still don’t believe me, it has won the double gold award from the North Carolina State Fair Wine Competition.

The composition of this Riesling wine is made up from 93% Riesling, 4% muscat canelli and 3% gewürztraminer so it is not actually 100% Riesling.

If you love to have a Riesling wine that is beautifully crisp and refreshing though then the 2013 Biltmore Riesling Wine is a very wise choice.

2. 2012 Ste Chappelle Chateau Series Riesling

2012 Ste Chappelle Chateau Series Riesling Wine

I love the design of this Riesling wine bottle. I love any wine bottles that have an image of a vineyard though; there is something so traditional and classic about it.

The 2012 Ste Chappelle Chateau Series Riesling Wine is just $11.99 for one 750 ml bottle. You can also buy a pack of three bottles for $35.97 or a pack of six bottles for $71.94. It's another great value option.

The 2012 Ste Chappelle Chateau Series Riesling Wine comes from the Ste Chappelle Winery which is located in Snake River Valley in Idaho.

Because this Riesling wine is so very well-balanced, it works great when served with seafood dishes or mild cheeses. It also has minerality which is what makes this Riesling wine a thirst quencher.

First on the pallete, the 2012 Ste Chappelle Chateau Series Riesling Wine will give you a gorgeous ripe melon flavor as well as classic peaches and nectarines. And unlike the previous 2013 Biltmore, this is 100% Riesling.

You will be very impressed with the 2012 Ste Chappelle Chateau Series for its crisp and light taste which is truly delicious in every way.

Recommended: Don't miss our beginner's guide to Riesling wine next!


3. NV Candy Babee California Riesling

NV Candy Babee California Riesling Wine

This is certainly a very unique looking bottle of Riesling wine that I believe would look great at the center of your dining table when having guests around.

The NV Candy Babee California Riesling Wine is just $10 for one 750 ml bottle which is outstanding value . You can also get three bottles for $30 or size bottles for $60. 

The NV Candy Babee California Riesling Wine comes from the Chateau Diana Winery which is located in Abymes/Les Abymes in California.

The main tastes you will get from this charming Riesling are grapefruit, peach and honeysuckle. All three of these flavors are what makes this a very popular option.

This NV Candy Babee California will be absolutely perfect when served with cotton candy sweet flavors or baked apples. This is a Riesling wine that certainly perfect for sweet desserts and candy treats.

Even though this is a fun take on a traditional Riesling, it does have some of the traditional characteristics such as the sweet aromas of floral and citrus fruits.

This is a medium bodied Riesling wine that has a delightful long lasting finish that will leave you wanting more.

The NV Candy Babee California also uses 100% Riesling grapes. It's a really easy drinking Riesling that thoroughly deserves its place on this list!

4. 2014 Frisk Prickly Riesling Victoria Wine

2014 Frisk Prickly Riesling Victoria Wine

The 2014 Frisk Prickly Riesling Victoria Wine is another wine bottle that I really enjoy the design of with its wonderful swirls.

At  just $11 for one 750 ml bottle or $33 for a pack of six bottles, it's another value bomb! In our opinion, this is the best value Riesling around!

The 2014 Frisk Prickly Riesling Victoria Wine comes from the Frisk Winery which is located in Victoria in Australia. While it doesn’t come from the more traditional Riesling countries, it's still a very good quality bottle of Riesling wine. It's a really lively wine with the traditional tastes of citrus fruits and floral notes dominating.

What makes this Riesling stand out from the rest though is that it also has hints of fennel, lime sorbet and rose petals.

You can have the 2014 Frisk Prickly Riesling Victoria Wine with both spicy dishes and sweet dishes or just to be enjoyed on its own. The complexity of the tastes of this wine will certainly leave you wanting more.

The 2014 Frisk Prickly Riesling Victoria Wine is made from 100% Riesling grapes. Even though this is just £11, it is honestly one of the best Riesling wines I have tried in a long time.

5. 2012 Ste Chappelle Special Harvest Riesling

2012 Ste Chappelle Special Harvest Riesling Wine

Any Riesling wine that uses the word 'special' has got to be pretty good! Thankfully, this really is.

The 2012 Ste Chappelle Special Harvest Riesling is another wine from the Ste Chappelle Winery which is located in Snake River Valley in Idaho.

One 750 ml bottle if this Riesling will only cost you$14.99 but you can also get three for $44.97 or six for $89.94.

The 2012 Ste Chappelle Special Harvest Riesling Wine will taste great when paired with fresh fruit desserts or short break cookies. You can also have it on its own as a sort of dessert wine, it is certainly tasty enough.

Once this first hits the pallete, you will experience hints of peaches, honeydew melon and apricots.

As with other traditional Riesling wines, the 2012 Ste Chappelle Special Harvest is very well-balanced with crisp acidity and floral tones. This Riesling wine also has a long fruity finish which is perfect for those who love a touch of sweetness.

It also uses 100% Riesling grapes which makes it well sought after by all those enjoy their Riesling wine pure.

6. 1998 Dr Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese [Top Pick]

1998 Dr Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese Wine

If you’re looking for a very special Riesling wine that you can showcase at your celebration, dinner party, or to give as a gift then the 1998 Dr Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese Wine will be just the ticket.

You can get one 750 ml bottle of this for $72 or three for $216. While this is more expensive than the other Riesling wines on the list, it is actually an extremely good price for what you get.

The 1998 Dr Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese Wine is from the Dr Loosen Winery which is located in Urzig, Germany. This is one of the best places in the world to get authentic Riesling wines which is why it carries a heavier price tag. Not only does it come from the best place but it also uses 100% Riesling grapes.

All of this adds up to a very special wine that is perfect for those grand occasions. The 1998 Dr Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese Wine will look fantastic on your wine rack too!

7. 2014 Washington Hills Riesling Wine

2014 Washington Hills Riesling Wine

This very classy looking bottle of  wine is the 2014 Washington Hills Riesling.

At just $8.99 for one 750 ml bottle, this almost feels like a steal rather than a buy! You can also get three bottles for $26.97 or six bottles for $53.94.

If you’re looking for a good quality but affordable Riesling wine, you can’t get much better than this!

This wine comes from the Washington Hills Winery which is located in Columbia Valley, Washington. Washington is one the best places for Riesling wine in the U.S. which makes it even harder to believe how low this wine is priced.

This is another very well-balanced wine that has a beautiful stone fruit taste. If you’re hosting a dinner party and are serving a spicy dish or cheeses then this is the perfect wine to accompany it.

The 2014 Washington Hills Riesling Wine has delicious aromas of nectarine, honey and peach and has wonderful off-dry sweetness.

It is made from 100% Riesling grapes which is another good sign of the quality of this wine. It just goes to show that you don’t need to necessarily have to pay the highest price to get good wine.

8. 2011 King Frosch Riesling Kabinett Wine

2011 King Frosch Riesling Kabinett Wine

I am in love with the design of this bottle of Riesling wine! It's really eye-catching and looks great when displayed either on the wine rack, in a lit up glass cabinet or at the center of the dining table. 

Despite looking so beautiful, the 2011 King Frosch Riesling Kabinett Wine is just $19.95 for one 750 ml bottle, which is a great price. As always, you can also get three bottles for $59.85 or six bottles for $119.70 if you’d like to save on shipping costs.

The 2011 King Frosch Riesling Kabinett Wine comes from the King Frosch Winery which is located in Rheinessen in Germany. It only uses pure Riesling grapes and I'm sure it will become a favorite of yours very quickly!

This is a top rated Riesling that's hard to beat when it coes to value for money and quality.

What's your favorite Riesling? Do you have a suggestion for this list? We'd love to hear what you think down below in the comments section.

About the Author

Although not having any formal training in wine, Tim has developed an irrefutable love of wine and interest in anything related to it ever since he was a little kid. Coming from a family of wine lovers, it was from a young age that he got exposed to wine and the culture that goes with it and has been addicted ever since. Having traveled to dozens of wine regions across the world including those in France, Italy, California, Australia, and South Africa and tasted a large selection of their wines, it is with great joy that he hopes to share those experiences here and take you along on the journey.

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