This white grape is a crossing of Riesling and Silvaner and so named because a Dr. Müller from the Swiss town of Thurgau was the man who came up with the variety in the late 1880s at Geisenheim in Germany.
Müller-Thurgau is one of the world’s most-planted grape varieties, particularly in Germany, where it outpaces even the noble Riesling.
In the Northwest, a fair bit of Müller-Thurgau exists, primarily in cooler climates such as Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Puget Sound appellation. It tends to produce a tasty off-dry wine perfect for summer sipping or pairing with the region’s abundant seafood.
This story was originally published June 16, 2012 4:46 PM.