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Seyve-Villard

Important French vineyard in Saint-Vallier on the Drôme in the Rhône valley, founded by the breeder Bertille Seyve (1864-1939) and his father-in-law and partner Victor Villard. Later, their sons Bertille Seyve Jr. (1895-1959) and Joannes Seyve (1900-1966) were also active in the business. Here, from the end of the 19th century onwards, over a hundred new French varieties were developed by crossing American vines or hybrids with European vines. These were mostly hybrids of the so-called second generation, as hybrids of the French breeder Albert Seibel (1844-1936) were used as crossing partners in many of them. The grape varieties were mostly named with the company name (Seyve, Seyval, Seyve-Villard or Villard) and a consecutive number, some of them were later given a sounding name. Numerous hybrids were also created under the name Joannes Seyve plus a serial number as the basis for new varieties. The most famous creation was given the name Chambourcin (JS 26-205).

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