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Helios

There are two grape varieties with this name:

Merzling x Freiburg 986-60 - Germany

This white grape variety (also Freiburg 242-73, FR 242) is an interspecific new cross between Merzling x Freiburg 986-60 (Seyve-Villard 12-481 x Müller-Thurgau). It is an extremely complex cross, as both parent varieties have also already resulted from a long chain of crosses. A total of around 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 from 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 Viticultural Institute in Freiburg (Baden-Württemberg). The medium-ripening vine is resistant to both powdery mildew and botrytis. It produces white wines similar to Müller-Thurgau. The variety occupied 13 hectares of vineyard in Germany in 2018, with an upward trend (D-STATIS). In Switzerland, there is a tiny stock of 0.2 hectares (Kym Anderson).

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