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Orion

The white grape variety (also Geilweilerhof GA-58-30) is a new variety between Optima x Seyve-Villard 12-375 (Villard Blanc). The name is derived from the hunter in Greek mythology, who was killed with arrows by the goddess Artemis and placed in the sky as a constellation. Genes from Vitis berlandieri, Vitis rupestris and Vitis vinifera are contained. The hybrid was crossed in 1964 in Germany by Dr. Gerhardt Alleweldt (1927-2005) at the Institute for Vine Breeding Geilweilerhof (Siebeldingen, Palatinate); plant variety protection was granted in 1994. The frost-hardy vine is resistant to both powdery mildew and botrytis and is therefore considered a PIWI variety. It produces greenish-yellow, fruity and extract-rich wines with a muscat tone. The variety is or was cultivated in Germany, England, Denmark and Switzerland. In 2016, however, no stocks were reported (Kym Anderson).

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