The white grape variety (also Hybernal, GM 322-58) is a new variety between (Seibel 7053 = Chancellor x Riesling) x (Seibel 7053 x Riesling). It contains genes from Vitis labrusca, Vitis lincecumii, Vitis rupestris and Vitis vinifera. The hybrid was crossed in 1944 by Heinrich Birk (1898-1973) in Geisenheim (Rheingau). The plant variety protection was granted in 1977. The late ripening, frost hardy vine is resistant to various fungal diseases such as powdery and downy mildew and botrytis and is therefore considered a PIWI variety. It produces fresh, fruity white wines that can have a subtle foxtone. In 2018, the variety occupied three hectares of vineyards in Germany with a rising trend (D-STATIS). It is also grown on 19 hectares in Moldova and 1 hectare in Canada (Kym Anderson statistics).
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