Winegrowers Supplies - Vine variety information
Souvignier gris (originally known as Fr. 392-83)
Mother: Cabernet Sauvignon (Sauvignon blanc x Cabernet Franc)
Father: Bronner (Merzling x Gm 6494 (Zarya Severa x St. Laurent))
That was the parentage attributed to it by the breeder but DNA analysis carried out in 2014-2016 indicated that it is in fact Seyval x Zähringer.
A white Piwi/disease-resistant variety.
Year of breeding: 1983
Country of origin: Germany
Breeder/License holder: Staatliches Weinbauinstitut Freiburg, bred by Dr Norbert Becker.
Number of clones: Fr 420
Year of entry into the German Federal Office's Varieties Register: 2008, protected from 2012.
Area planted in Germany: hectares
Area planted in England: trial areas, increasing
Has been planted in Italy, France, Austria and Holland.
Wine Character - colour: yellow-green to yellow
- bouquet: fruity
- palate: full-bodied, neutral, fruity; similar to Pinot Gris, perhaps more complex.
Time of bud-burst: early
Strength of growth: medium-strong
Growth of side-shoots: low to average
Flowering time: early to middle, a few days before Pinot Gris
Flowering strength: strong, coulure is very low
Leaf: - size: medium
- shape: 3 lobed
- surface undulation:
- petiolar sinus:
Grape bunch: - size: medium to large, elongated
- density: loose to medium
Berries: - size: medium, with thick skins with firm pectin-rich flesh
- shape: elongated cylindrical
- skin colour: greyish-red, rose but not high in anthocyanins
Time of veraison: middle-late, about the same time as Pinot Gris
Time of harvest: slightly after average-late, about the same time as Pinot Blanc
Grape yield: medium
Must-weight: medium high
- Oidium: high
- Peronospora: very high
- Botrytis: average to high
- Roter Brenner:
- Stem-atrophy: very high
Normal stem height:
Normal row spacing:
Vine spacing in the row:
Wood ripening: high to very high
Winter hardiness: high
Wood colour: dark brown
Winter Pruning: eyes/buds per sq. metre of land occupied by the plant.
Advantages: high resistance to mildews, interesting wine in the style of Pinot Gris. A very interesting variety for planting in England.