The Riesling grape is characterized by its green skin, round shape, and moderate size. Riesling likes cool climates and slate soils. This wine can be made dry and sweet. The flavor and sweetness or dryness of a Riesling varies depending on the vineyard soil and location. flavors of Riesling are fruit and flower-forward, including: apple, grapefruit, peach, pear, honeycomb, rose blossom, freshly cut green grass.