The white grape variety comes from Slovenia. Synonyms are Findling, Hartig 384, Juliperle, Kimmig Kp 1(Germany); Bouvier Blanc, Bouvier Précoce(France); Bouvierov Hrozen, Bouvirovo Hrozno(Slovakia); Weiße Bouviertraube, Bouviertraube(Austria); Bela Ranina, Bela Ranka, Radgonska Ranina, Ranina and Ranina Bela(Slovenia). The variety must not be confused with the Müller-Thurgau mutation cultivated under the name Findling in Switzerland. It was discovered in 1900 by Clotar Bouvier (1853-1930) on his estate in Herzogburg in the former Ober-Radkersburg (now Slovenia) among other vines. After several years of selection, he sold several cuttings, which initiated the spread of the vine in what was then Austria-Hungary. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2013, it is a presumably natural cross between Pinot x Muscat Blanc. The variety was a crossing partner of the new varieties Bianca, Decora, Edelsteiner, Ganita, Julie, Kabar, Romeo, Veritas, Zengö, Zenit, Zéta and Zeusz.
The very early ripening, rather low-yielding vine is resistant to frost, but susceptible to both mildew and botrytis. It produces a golden yellow wine with fine muscatel. Because of its special aromatic properties, it is called a so-called bouquet variety. It is mostly used for the Austrian speciality Sturm (half-fermented must), and for the production of young wines that can be consumed quickly. It is also very often blended with the Welschriesling variety to make cuvées. It is also very well suited as a table grape. In 2009, the variety occupied 234 hectares of vineyards in Austria, mostly in Burgenland. In 2010 there were also other areas under cultivation in Slovakia (6 ha), Slovenia (40 ha), the Czech Republic and Hungary, as well as under the name Findling in Germany (27 ha).
Pictures: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)