The white grape variety is a new breed between Riesling x Bukettrebe, Synonyms are Alzey p. 88, dr. Wagner vine, Scheu 88, S-88, Scheu Riesling and as the second main name (in Austria) seedling 88 . It was in 1916 by the German breeder Justus Georg Shy (1879-1949) in the state institute for vine breeding in Alzey (Rheinhessen). The bouquet was only made in 2012 DNA analysis identified as having the name of the parent Sylvaner turned out to be wrong. Even experts can be wrong, because Scheu had in a lecture in 1935 claimed that the Bukettrebe would not have proven to be a crossing partner.
Already in his lifetime one wanted to give this variety the name "Scheu's Liebling"; but the breeder refused. She was referred to by him as Seedling 88 (S-88). In the 3rd Reich she was then to the then state farmers leader of Hesse-Nassau. Named Richard Wagner. After the Second World War, it was denazified and was again called seedling 88. The final name was only given after the death of Scheu.
Beside the variety Müller-Thurgau Scheurebe is one of the most successful German new varieties, The late-ripening, high-yielding vine is prone to real mildew, It produces golden yellow white wines with fruity acidity and a Riesling - like, racy taste with aromas of tropical fruits and Cassis (blackcurrants). It is mainly used for higher predicate wines such as Beerenauslesen or Trockenbeerenauslese used. In 2009 she finished in Germany 1,655 as well as in Austria 398 hectares of vineyards. More stocks are also available in the Switzerland (5 ha), as well as overseas in Canada (14 ha) and New Zealand (1 ha). In 2010, a total of 2,039 hectares of vineyards were reported (Statistics Kym Anderson ).
Pictures: Ursula Bruehl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)