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Wild Muscat

This red grape variety originates from Germany. For a long time, it was considered an early-ripening descendant of the variety Blaufränkisch (Lemberger). According to DNA analyses carried out in 2016, however, it is the result of a presumably natural cross between Sulmer x Noir Hatif de Marseille. The vine was discovered in the 1970s at the Amalienhof vineyard in Heilbronn in the Württemberg growing region and selected by Gerhard Strecker (1929-2016). In 1976, around 200,000 seeds were sown from marc residues. In a two-year selection process, 200 vines were selected and two of them were chosen. The first experimental plantings were made in 1983, and the first wine was vinified in 1991. Initially, the variety was called Muskat-Lemberger, but a new name was sought in order to avoid possible legal disputes. The Amalienhof winery applied for plant variety protection under the name "Blaue Amavitis". However, this was not accepted by the Federal Office of Plant Varieties, and the variety was then officially approved in 2003 under "Wildmuskat". The vine yields purple-coloured red wines with a muscat tone and soft tannins. No stock was reported in 2016 (Kym Anderson statistics).

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