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The white grape variety originates from the USA. It is an open-pollinated seedling of the Taylor variety. It was named after Noah, who, according to the Bible (Gen. 9.21), became a vine grower after landing with the ark on Mount Ararat and planted the first vine. Synonyms are Belo Otelo, Charvat, Flaga Alba, Fraga, Hondarribi Zuri, Noa, Noah Bianca, Noé, Nohan, Noka, Nova, Nove, Otelo Belo and Tatar Rizling. At least genes of the American species Vitis labrusca and Vitis riparia are included. The selection of the hybrid was done in 1869 in Illinois-USA by Otto Wasserzieher. It was then distributed by Bush & Son & Meissner from Missouri. Despite seemingly indicating synonyms or morphological similarities, it must not be confused with the varieties Courbu Blanc, Crouchen or Elvira. In the Spanish Basque Country, the synonym Hondarribi Zuri is used for the first two varieties and for Noah. Noah was a crossing partner in the new varieties Baco Blanc, Baco Chasselas and Totmur. It is also used as a rootstock.

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