Winegrowers Supplies -  Vine variety information


Mother: Müller-Thurgau
Father: Siegerrebe

Year of breeding: 1948, by Hans Breider
Country of origin: Germany
Breeder/License holder: Bayerischen Landesanstalt für Wein- und Gartenbau in Würzburg
Number of clones:
Named after the philosopher José Ortega y Gasset (1883–1955)

Year of entry into the German Federal Office's Varieties Register: 
Area planted in Germany in 1986: hectares, almost all in Rheinhessan
Area planted in England (as at August 2004): 
   Ortega wines in England are considered better than in Germany.

Wine Character - colour: yellow-green
                      - bouquet: English Ortega wines have aromas of grapefruit and elderflower
                      - palate: rich in extract, hints of fine peaches

  Ortega  photo from

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                   - skin colour: yellow-green

Time of veraison: 
Time of harvest: early

Grape yield: 
Must-weight: high
Must-acidity: low

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Susceptibility to - Oidium:                             - Peronospora: 
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Preferred soil: it is said not to like limestone soil or very dry soil
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Winter Pruning:      eyes/buds per sq. metre of land occupied by the plant.

Advantages: Early ripening, high must-weight.

Disadvantages: Very prone to fungal diseases, needs good air flow around the vines. Sensitive to poor weather at flowering time. Can be attacked by wasps.