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Taylor

The white grape variety originates from the USA. Synonyms are Bullet, Bullit, Bullitt, Taylor's Bullet,Taylor's Bullitt, Yellow Taylor Vine and Teylor. It is an interspecific, probably natural cross between the American species Vitis riparia x Vitis labrusca. It is said to have been found in the mid-19th century by a Judge Taylor in Henry County, Kentucky, and selected by a certain Cobb. It is an all-female grape variety. Direct descendants or open-pollinated seedlings of Taylor are Elvira, Missouri Riesling, Noah and Taylor seedling Blankenhorn. The vine produces white wines with a pronounced foxtone. The hybrid is one of the most important historic varieties in the USA. During the phylloxera catastrophe, it was very popular in Europe from the end of the 19th century for the production of sweet wines. In Austria, rootstocks of it were propagated at the Klosterneuburger Weinbauinstitut (Lower Austria) in 1876 and used for the first time to combat phylloxera in the then monarchy. This was the initiative of August-Wilhelm Babo (1827-1894). However, phylloxera resistance is low; the vine is also sensitive to limestone soils. It is no longer important today; no stock was reported in 2016 (Kym Anderson statistics).

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