WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Medium,
Acid - Low,
Tannin - High,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Elderflower, Apple, Citrus

Müller-Thurgau is a white grape variety created by Hermann Müller in the late 19th century in Switzerland. It is a crossing of Riesling and Madeleine Royale, aimed at combining the aromatic qualities of Riesling with the easier cultivation of Sylvaner.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Müller-Thurgau wines often exhibit floral aromas such as elderflower, along with fruity notes of apple, pear, and sometimes hints of peach.

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: In cooler climates, Müller-Thurgau retains higher acidity levels, enhancing its freshness and aromatic intensity. It tends to exhibit more pronounced floral and herbal aromas.

Warm Climate: Warmer climates can result in riper fruit flavors and a fuller body in Müller-Thurgau wines. However, it’s essential to manage vineyard practices carefully to maintain acidity and balance.

Appellations / Producers of Note

Germany: Müller-Thurgau is widely planted in Germany, particularly in regions like Franken (Franconia), Rheinhessen, and the Pfalz (Palatinate).

Italy: Known as Rivaner in Italy, it is cultivated in regions such as Alto Adige and Trentino.

New Zealand: In New Zealand, particularly in the South Island’s cooler regions like Marlborough and Canterbury, Müller-Thurgau is also gaining popularity.


Müller-Thurgau wines are typically enjoyed in their youth to appreciate their fresh and fruity characteristics.

First Published: Monday, Jun 10, 2024 Last updated: Jun 10, 2024

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