DNA profiling indicates that Silvaner came about from a natural crossing of French grape Savagnin (grown today in Jura, north-east France) and Osterreichisch (an rare Austrian varietal from around Vienna known for its offspring grapes). It is an Austrian grape by birth, but is widely planted in Germany. Much like Riesling, it is capable of conveying the characteristics of the terroir in which it grows. It is well suited to Germany’s Franken region and makes some of their best dry white wines thanks to the clay-limestone soils there. Expect a wine that is mineral, racy and firmly structured.