This grape was developed in 1970 at Germany's Geilweilerhof research station from a Silvaner/Reisling cross as one parent and Müller-Thurgau as the other. The variety ripens to a high natural sugar content with the unfortunate disadvantage of low acidity. But when grown primarily on cool sites in British Columbia, Optima achieves better balance, one reason why awarding winning dessert wines have been made by several wineries.
With a somewhat sweeter taste, this wonderfully-unique white wine exhibits aromas and flavours of citrus and honey, with a finish of Cinnamon and Anise. Optima pairs very well with dishes of seafood and much more!!