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Vidal Blanc

The white grape variety (also Vidal, Vidal 256) is an interspecific new breeding between St. Emilion ( Trebbiano Toscano ) x Seibel 4986 ( Rayon d'Or ). They are genes of Vitis lincecumii. Vitis rupestris and Vitis vinifera contain. The intersection of hybrid took place in the 1930s France by Jean-Louis Vidal (1880-1976), who made them especially for the production of cognac created. She was a partner of the new breeds Felicia and Villaris, The medium-maturing vine is resistant to frost and wrong mildew, but prone to powdery mildew, Botrytis and anthracnose, It produces acidic, fruity white wines with aromas of grapefruit and blackcurrants, which are ideal for sparkling wines. Sweet wines and also for the distillation suitable.

Vidal Blanc - grape and leaf

The variety is hardly (more) grown in France, but has become very successful overseas. In Canada It was in the 1940s by the oenologist Adhémar de Chaunac (* 1896) introduced. It is mainly used in the province of Ontario, as well as British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Quebec especially for Eiswein used and occupied a total of 1,284 hectares. In the United States she will be in the States Illinois. Indiana. Michigan. Missouri. new York and Virginia grown on a total of 360 hectares. A small stock also exists in Sweden, In 2010, a total of 1,644 hectares of vineyards were reported (Statistics Kym Anderson ).

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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