The white grape variety (also Faber, Alzey p. 10375) is a new variety between Chardonnay x Müller-Thurgau according to DNA analyses published in 2012. The maternity of Pinot Blanc (Weißburgunder) indicated in the breeding list has been found to be wrong. The cross was made in 1929 by the breeder Georg Scheu (1879-1949) at the State Institute for Vine Breeding in Alzey (Rhineland-Palatinate). The plant variety protection was granted in 1967. The early ripening, high-yielding vine produces golden yellow wines with pronounced acidity and subtle muscatel. In 2008, some wineries launched an initiative "Relaunch F" to give the increasingly forgotten Faberrebe a new image and to revive it. The variety is cultivated almost exclusively in Germany on 551 hectares of vineyards, with a sharply declining trend. There is also a small area under cultivation in England (4 hectares). In 2010, a total of 555 hectares of vines were planted (Kym Anderson statistics).
Pictures: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)