The International Riesling Foundation (IRF) has created a Riesling Taste Profile intended to help consumers know the relative dryness or sweetness of a particular bottle of Riesling.
The IRF invites all Riesling producers to use the taste profile according to the standards cited below; and requests that producers using the taste profile contact us.
The IRF requires that the description of the wine on the label be consistent with the wording on the taste profile.
The IRF invites and encourages users of the taste profile to become a “Friend of the Foundation.” For details, please see our Be a Friend page.
Standards for using the International Riesling Foundation “Taste Profile”
- The taste profile can print any color. All parts of taste profile must be the same color.
- The taste profile can be positioned horizontally or vertically.
- The taste profile can be reduced in length to a minimum of 45 mm (about 1.75 inches)
- The label designer can choose from the four variations of the taste profile provided.
- The taste profiles may not be altered graphically in any way except for size, color, and the position of the indicator arrow/triangle along the line to indicate dryness/sweetness.
The arrow/triangle must remain the same distance from the line and moved parallel to the line. The placement of arrow/triangle is a subjective decision made by the winemaker.
A technical guide for the placement of the arrow/triangle on the taste profile is on our Riesling Sugar Guidelines page. However, the ultimate decision is that of the winemaker.