Wine Obsessions: The Ballad of Elbling

The first sip on Elbling…


It is the oldest cultivated grape in Germany, yes older than its more famous cousin, Riesling. The Romans drank it, and LOVED it. It’s grown in the Upper-Mosel region of Germany in Kimmeridgian limestone soil, similar to that of Chablis in France. Unlike Riesling, Elbling is decidedly dry in style, every time. There are only a few people in the world making it, and Hild is the best. I could personally drink buckets of it (if it came in that format), but I’m willing to share it with you.

Here’s a taste from the wine’s importer Stephen Bitterolf (Vom Boden), “Elbling is a grape of refreshment and honesty and conviviality. The joy of Elbling is its raucous acidity, the vigor and energy, the fact that it is so low in alcohol you could probably drink a bottle and still operate heavy machinery. But don’t do that.”

As the saying goes, do as the Romans do! Drink Elbling. Like, now.

Hild Elbling Sekt NV $19.99

Elbling has long been made into a sparkling wine because, in the wrong hands, it is a fairly neutral, nondescript wine. The folks at Hild have the Midas touch though. A gentle, frothy bubbly that offers notes of peaches, white flowers, minerals, and a squeeze of citrus to provide lift and energy. Like a glowed up Prosecco.

Matthew Anderson
General Manager