- Vine variety information
Faberrebe (originally known as Az 10375)
Mother: Pinot Blanc
Year of breeding: 1929, bred by Georg Scheu.
Country of origin: Germany
Breeder/License holder: Landesanstalt für Rebenzüchtung, Alzey, Rheinhessan
The original name of the variety was Faber but later it was officially renamed
Faberrebe; rebe being the German word for vine.
Number of clones:
Year of entry into the German Federal Office's Varieties Register: 1967
Area planted in Germany: 2255 hectares in 1986; 1909 hectares in 1994
In 1986 it was the 11th most widely planted variety, but
after then it declined quickly,
mostly being replaced by red wine
Area planted in England (as at August 2004): hectares
Wine Character - colour: yellow-green
photo from www.weingut-fuchs.de
- bouquet: finely aromatic
- palate: fruity
A 'traditional' style wine, elegant, fruity, fresh, with racy tartaric acidity, enough extract and a
quite fine light muscat bouquet.
Time of bud-burst: early-middle
Strength of growth: medium, upright
Growth of side-shoots: medium
Flowering time: late (others say early)
Flowering strength: high
Leaf: - size: medium/medium-large
- shape: three to weakly five-lobed
- surface undulation: slight
- petiolar sinus: V-form open
Grape bunch: - size: medium-large - density:
Berries: - size: medium
- shape: oval to round
- skin colour: green-yellow
Time of veraison: early-middle (a week before Müller-Thurgau)
Time of harvest: a week after M-Th (since it has higher acidity and assimilates
Grape yield: high (with 2 to 4 bunches per shoot)
Must-weight: medium-high (8 - 10 °Oe above Müller-Thurgau)
Must-acidity: medium-high (2 - 3 % above Müller-Thurgau)
Wood ripening: medium
Winter hardiness: medium
Wood colour: yellow-brown
Chlorosis resistance: very high
Susceptibility to - Oidium: high
- Botrytis: medium-high - Roter Brenner:
- Stem-atrophy: a reputed weakness, occurring only a week or so before the bunches are fully ripe; the bunches fall to the ground but are ripe enough to be picked up and processed. This is not a serious
problem, seeming rarely to occur in the UK, maybe due to soil conditions.
Fungal diseases are easily controlled by a careful spray programme.
Preferred soil: very adaptable to a wide range of soil types.
Suitable rootstocks: 125AA on soils of average growing strength, also 26G.
SO4, Binova on strong-growing soils.
Normal stem height: 0.6 to 0.7m
Normal row spacing: 1.8 to 2.0m
Vine spacing in the row: 1.0 to 1.2m
Less suitable for wide-planted training systems, unless on 125AA rootstock.
Winter Pruning: 6 to 8 eyes/buds per sq. metre of land occupied by the plant.
Advantages: High yield (above Bacchus), high must-weight, racy wine, upright growth.
Disadvantages: Reputed weakness for stem-atrophy.
Note: Faberrebe came out top overall in an extensive comparative trial of 22 'new'
varieties and 3 traditional varieties, over the harvests 1975 to 1980 in the winegrowing area which
has the poorest climate of all the European winegrowing areas.
It has not yet achieved
the popularity in the UK which it merits.