Silvaner – the Franken Rumpelstiltskin


See also Great Silvaner – no oxymoron and related articles about the grape's 350th anniversary.

According to the Brothers Grimm, once upon a time in Germany lived a man-like creature called Rumpelstilzchen who could spin straw into gold, but he wanted people to know neither his name nor of his talent and therefore kept himself to himself in the furthest back of beyond. Fast forward a couple of centuries and a similar tale is told by Romana Echensberger, freshly graduated German Master of Wine, about some publicity-shy inhabitants of another remote part of the country who seem similarly reluctant to...