There is a wide range of grapes that go into the making of white German wine. Among these, the Riesling is considered the king of the crop. It grows even in stony and poor soil and requires very little moisture. As a boon in the cold weather of Germany, Riesling grapes are very frost-resistant and produce very acid-heavy wine which also gives it a long shelf life. Riesling grapes are harvested late, usually only by October, and the wine has a fragrance and taste of peaches and apples when young. It is grown throughout Germany and is the largest grape variety grown in the country. The second most popular German wine grape is the Müller-Thurgau, or Rivaner, and is usually harvested in September. Although like the Riesling, it does well with less sun and less than perfect soil, these grapes require more moisture and therefore soil that drains better. The wine is less acidic and more floral than a Riesling. Silvaner grapes were previously a contender for the most abundantly grown wine grape in Germany. Today, however, they account for only 7% of the country’s grape production. They make a full-bodied wine which is only mildly acidic and best enjoyed as a young wine.