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White Riesling Widely planted because of its high relative cold hardiness and the excellent quality of both still and sparkling wines made from its fruit. New York White Riesling wines are probably superior to any except those of its homeland in Germany. The major disadvantage is the susceptibility of its fruit to Botrytis bunch rot and the relatively late harvest date. White Riesling quite reliably reaches the maturity levels commonly chosen in Europe (17-20% soluble solids) for the variety. The bunch rot susceptibility suggests that extra canopy management techniques such as leaf removal and extra sprays to combat bunch rot may be advantageous. Several excellent clones are available, but older non-virus tested ones should be avoided as they have reduced production potential in comparison to certified clones.