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Elvira

This white grape variety is an interspecific cross between Taylor x Martha (but paternity is not certain). Synonyms are Rommel's N. 1 and Taylor's Seedling N. 1. It should not be confused with the variety Noah, with which it shares the parent Taylor. It contains genes from Vitis labrusca, Vitis riparia and Vitis vinifera. The hybrid was selected in Missouri around 1860 by Jakob Rommel. It was a crossing partner of the new varieties Rommel and Ventura. The medium-maturing, high-yielding vine is resistant to winter frost and downy mildew, but susceptible to botrytis. Due to its good resistance to phylloxera, it is often cultivated as a direct carrier (ungrafted). It produces acidic white wines with a distinctive foxy. There are stocks in the US states of New York and Pennsylvania as well as in Canada. In Austria (Burgenland) it is one of the varieties for the local speciality Uhudler (not recorded). There are also a few vines in the vine museum of Franz Leth (Lower Austria). In 2016, 231 hectares of vines were recorded in the USA (Kym Anderson).

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