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The white grape is a new breed between Pinot Noir x Pirovano 1 ( Chasselas Rose x Muscat d'Hamburg ), which was released in 2012 DNA analysis was confirmed. Synonyms are Geisenheim 15-114, Schönberger and Schönburger Rose. The crossing of the fathers was done by the Italian breeder Alberto Pirovano (1884-1973). The crossing with Pinot Noir was made by the German grape specialist Dr. med. Heinrich Birk (1898-1973) in 1939 at the Research Institute Geisenheim (Rheingau). The name derives from the castle Schönburg in Oberwesel in the growing area middle Rhine from. The variety protection took place in 1979.

Schönburger - grape and leaf

The early to mid-seasoning vine has reddish berries. She is resistant to frost and both mildews, The species yields one spicy, rather low-acid white wine with subtle nutmeg, one thing Gewurztraminer similar. It is in smaller quantities Brazil (1 ha), Germany (20 ha, mostly in Rheinhessen ) England (45 ha), Canada (11 ha) and South Africa grown. In 2010, a total of 69 hectares of vineyards were reported with increasing tendency (ten years earlier, it was 39 hectares).

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

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