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The white grape variety is a new breed between ( Sylvaner x Riesling ) x Müller-Thurgau what was released by in 2012 DNA analysis has been confirmed. Incidentally, the variety is from the same parents Grando emerged. The variety was named after the Greek wine god Bacchus named. Synonyms are Bacchus Weiß, Fruehe Scheurebe, Geilweilerhof 33-29-133 and GF. 33-29-133. The cross was made in 1933 by the breeder Peter Morio (1887-1960) and Bernhard Husfeld (1900-1970) at the Institute of Vine Breeding Geilweilerhof in Siebeldingen-Pfalz. The variety protection was issued in 1972. The variety was a cross partner in the five new varieties Birstaler nutmeg. Phoenix. Reselle. Sirius and Staufer,

Bacchus - grape and leaf

The early ripening, productive vine is susceptible to Botrytis, It produces aromatic, rather low-acid white wines with elderberry aromas and subtle nutmeg, the Sauvignon Blanc resemble. These are often used for blending with Müller-Thurgau. in 2009 the variety in Germany 1,977 hectares. But the trend is falling sharply, ten years earlier it was 3,000. There are also stocks in Austria. England (116 ha), Switzerland (2 ha), Czech Republic. Japan (25 ha) and Canada (21 ha). In 2010, a total of 2,114 hectares of vineyards were recorded. Bacchus is also one of the synonyms for the North American hybrid variety Clinton,

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)

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