Silvaner or Sylvaner is light, dry white wine grape variety with subtle herbal flavours widely spread in western Germany and Alsace. The origin of the grape is coming from eastern Austria where at the moment is completely forgotten. The Grape represents 10 per cent of the total plantings in Germany and it has a reputation for high acidity, neutral wines, weak in aroma and fruit. Nowadays much better wines are being produced, because of the selection of better exposure, lower yields, and harvesting at maximum ripeness. The very best examples are from Franken in traditional bocksbeutel - old field bottle shape. The Sylvaner from Alsace has more complex and full-bodied style and some of the best examples are coming from Grand Cru vineyard, named Zotzenberg which is the only one allowed to be used in. Italian and Swiss Silvaners are typically much lighter and crisper than their equivalents from Alsace and Franken, with gentle citrus notes and a hint of pale honey.