Back
We are open and sending wines UK wide. Thank you so much for your support :)

Johannisberg / Sylvaner - Pinot Noir

Johannisberg / Sylvaner - Pinot Noir

When grown with care and passion, Pinot Noir is a fabulous and food friendly red. We have world class "cold climate" Pinot Noir from winemakers in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Truly unique ones, too.

Sylvaner (or Silvaner), known in Switzerland as Johannisberg, is an ancient variety from Eastern Europe, introduced into Valais at the start of the Twentieth Century.

When produced with high yields, Sylvaner can produce a bland and uninteresting wine, hence its lack of popularity for growers outside Europe. When yields are controlled, however, Sylvaner creates a crisp, minerally, flint-scented wine.

Above all, Sylvaner makes a sensational white wine for food. When young, they are also a much enjoyed Aperitif wine. Forget beer, have a Johannis!

Despite originating in Austria, the bulk of the world’s planting of Sylvaner is in Germany. France has over a thousand hectares in Alsace and there are much smaller plantings throughout Europe. Outside Europe, very little Sylvaner exists with tiny amounts in New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

Sylvaner is a natural cross between Savagnin (Traminer) and Österreichisch Weiß, a rare grape from Vienna, and had existed for more than 500 years.

Talking of years, Johannisberg can age magnificently! I have drank one from the 40s and it was fresh, rich, complex.

But should you read old texts about wine, please be aware that before our more rigorous era, Johannisberg was often a name for Riesling, and Riesling a name for Sylvaner...

Grid List

Set Descending Direction

1-48 of 51

Page:
  1. 1
  2. 2

Grid List

Set Descending Direction

1-48 of 51

Page:
  1. 1
  2. 2

Pinot Noir has many other names, some of which may offer clues as to its origin - Blauburgunder, Bourguinon, Morillon and Savagnin Noir. It probably originates in France but there are many other theories which have it coming from Egypt, Italy and Germany.

The genealogy of Pinot is hugely impressive with a wide number of well known grapes coming from it particularly through its crossings with Gouais Blanc and Savagnin (not Sauvignon which are children of this crossing).

Contact Us