The white Sylvaner grape is widely planted throughout Franken, Germany, and Alsace, France, where it is used to make light, soft, dry white wines with high acidity but not a lot of flavor, aroma, or longevity. Sylvaner used to be Germany's most planted grape in the first half of the 20th century, but lost ground to the hardy Müller-Thurgau varietal. It's still popular with growers because it's a high-yielding and prolific grape varietal that matures early. Sylvaner is also grown in Switzerland, Australia, Italy, and California. Many believe Sylvaner to have originated in Austria.