Originally assumed to be a crossing of Silvaner and Riesling, DNA profiling in the late 1990s revealed that Scheurebe is probably a crossing of an unknown wild grape and Riesling. Its intense bouquet is reminiscent of black currant, peach or ripe pear. Scheurebe wines go very well with aromatic, spicy foods from appetizer to dessert.
The new crossing gained recognition in the 1950s when growers realized it could ripen sufficiently to produce Beeren- and Trockenbeerenauslese. It was bred in 1916 by Professor Georg Scheu in Rheinhessen, and Germany's largest wine-growing region became a stronghold for the varietal. In all, Scheurebe has lost significance in recent years and now accounts for less than 2% of Germany's total vineyard area.