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Helios

There are two grape varieties with this name:

Merzling x Freiburg 986-60 - Germany

The white grape variety (also Freiburg 242-73, FR 242) is an interspecific new variety between Merzling x Freiburg 986-60(Seyve-Villard 12-481 x Müller-Thurgau). It is an extremely complex cross, as both parent varieties have already been created from a long chain of crosses. A total of about 15 varieties were involved, including Afus Ali, Aramon Noir, Bayard, Bicane, Bourboulenc, Clairette Dorée Ganzin, Munson, Pascal Blanc, Prior, Riesling and Vivarais in addition to those already mentioned above. Genes of Vitis berlandieri, Vitis labrusca, Vitis lincecumii, Vitis rupestris and Vitis vinifera are included. The hybrid was crossed in 1973 by Norbert Becker (1937-2012) at the State Viticulture Institute Freiburg (Baden-Württemberg). The medium maturing vine is resistant to both mildew species as well as Botrytis. It produces white wines similar to Müller-Thurgau. In 2018, the variety occupied 13 hectares of vineyards in Germany with an increasing trend (D-STATIS). In Switzerland, there is a tiny stand of 0.2 hectares (Kym Anderson).

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