- Vine variety information
(originally known as Gf. Ga-49-22)
Father: Villard Blanc (Seyve Villard 12-375)
A white Piwi/disease-resistant variety.
Year of breeding:
Country of origin: Germany
Breeder/License holder: Bundesforschungsanstalt für Rebenzüchtung Geilweilerhof,
Number of clones: 0
Year of entry into the German Federal Office's Varieties Register: 1994
Area planted in Germany in : hectares
Area planted in England (as at August 2004): 10.8 hectares, 14th largest
Wine Character - colour:
- bouquet: somewhat pronounced muscat aroma
- palate: full in the mouth with a somewhat pronounced muscat tone,
rather like Bacchus. Fresh appealing acidity.
Expert tasters and even Gas-chromatograph measurements ('aromagraphs') cannot
distinguish this wine from pure Vinifera varieties.
Like some other hybrids the wines 'consume' large amounts of SO2, hence can
oxidise easily and if they do not have sufficient SO2 they may not have a long
life; they ripen quickly and should therefore be bottled early.
Time of bud-burst: middle-early
Strength of growth: very strong, upright
Growth of side-shoots: strong
Flowering strength: high
Leaf: - size:
- colour: dark green
- surface undulation:
- petiolar sinus:
The leaves are not attractive to phylloxera, so leaf galls do not develop. It is
comparable with any Vinifera in this respect.
Grape bunch: - size:
Berries: - size: large
- shape: long stalks
- skin colour:
Time of veraison: early-middle
Time of harvest: early-middle
Grape yield: very high
Wood ripening: good (thick canes)
Winter hardiness: good
Wood colour: red-brown
Susceptibility to - Oidium: low-medium
- Peronospora: very low
- Botrytis: low
- Roter Brenner:
A pre-flowering spray is beneficial.
Suitable rootstocks: SO4 or 5C
Normal stem height:
Normal row spacing: 1.8 to 2.0m
Vine spacing in the row:
eyes/buds per sq. metre of land occupied by the plant.
Advantages: Very high yield, easy to grow. Good muscat flavour/aroma. Good for early bottling.
Disadvantages: Wines are best drunk young.