The name of the Roman goddess of hunting, light and birth was given to three different grape varieties (Germany, Bulgaria, USA). Diana is also a synonym for the variety Tihany.
The white grape variety is a new breeding (also Geilweilerhof 30N-8-127) between Silvaner x Müller-Thurgau. The crossing was done by the breeders Peter Morio (1887-1960), Bernhard Husfeld (1900-1970) and Gerhardt Alleweldt (1927-2005) at the Geilweilerhof. They were crossing partners for the variety Regent. By the way, the two new breeds Gloria and Mariensteiner were created with the same parents. The variety has no viticultural significance; no stocks were recorded in 2010 (Kym Anderson).
The red-berry variety is an open-flowered seedling of the Catawba. It contains genes of Vitis labrusca x Vitis vinifera. The hybrid was selected in 1843 in the USA by Diana Crehore. It is used as a wine press and table grape and is grown in the state of New York. She was a crossing partner with Diana Hamburg. One of the open flowered seedlings is Iona. No stocks were reported in 2010 (Kym Anderson).
Pictures: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)