The grape variety comes from France, Synonyms are Chardonnay, Chardonnay Rosa, Chasselas Roz, Piros Burgundi, Piros Chardonnay and Rosa Chardonnay (the latter name applies in Germany for wine law reasons, since the denomination Rose the type of wine is reserved). It is a color mutation the white species Chardonnay but it could also be the other way around. The base variety is in any case due to a presumably natural cross between Gouais blanc x Pinot emerged. In Germany was in Geisenheim a selection conducted and in 2014 the variety protection requested. In 2011, the company ANTES Weinbau & Rebenveredlung GbR in Heppenheim (Hesse) created a propagation vineyard on the "adventure trail wine and stone" and from here on numerous other experimental facilities in Germany delivered.
After the experiences in Germany the vine is less susceptible to rot and therefore can be harvested until two weeks later than the white variety. Despite the reddish berries, it produces a white wine with Chardonnay taste reminiscent of tropical fruits full-bodied and more complex. The variety is also excellent for the production of sparkling wines.
In 2018, the variety was also included in the catalog of French grape varieties. At the request of the Winegrowing Federation of the Champagne be of the INAO Experiments and analytical tests made to check on their suitability for viticulture. French experts will be resistant to the effects of climate change as well as against pests suspected.
The rare variety comes in addition to the experimental plants in Germany in small quantities in the two French regions Burgundy and Champagne, as well as in the Italian region Veneto in front. In 2010, however, no stocks were reported (Statistics Kym Anderson ).
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