Winegrowers Supplies - Vine variety information
Hibernal (originally known as Gm. 322 58)
Mother: Seibel 7053 = (Chancellor x Riesling) x (Seibel 7053 x Riesling). It contains genes from Vitis labrusca, Vitis lincecumii, Vitis rupestris and Vitis vinifera.
Father: Riesling, said to be clone 239. Note: clonal selection of vines started in Germany in 1928, it takes 25 years to formally register a clone.
A white Piwi/disease-resistant variety, with some similarities to Sauvignon blanc and Scheurebe.
Year of breeding: 1944, by Heinrich Birk. Variety protection since 1977.
The variety was selected in 1958 from a seedling population of a breeding strain from 1944 that had freely flowered in 1947.
Country of origin: Germany
Breeder/License holder: Forschungsanstalt Geisenheim / Rheingau,
Institut für Rebenzüchtung und Rebenveredlung
Number of clones: 1 Gm
Year of entry into the German Federal Office's Varieties Register: 1999
Area planted in Germany : about 1 hectare
some planting in Eastern European countries and Canada because of it's very high winter frost tolerance.
Area planted in England: none
Wine Character - colour: yello-green
- bouquet: light
- palate: full-bodied, fine, fruity, racy wine, very similar in many years to Scheurebe and Sauvignon blanc.
Time of bud-burst: early to middle
Strength of growth: strong, upright
Growth of side-shoots: weak to average
Flowering time: middle
Flowering strength: medium
Leaf: - size: medium
- surface undulation: - petiolar sinus: closed
Grape bunch: - size: medium
Berries: - size: small to medium - shape:
- skin colour: yellow-green - taste:
Time of veraison: late
Time of harvest:
Grape yield: medium, somewhat higher than Riesling
Must-weight: higher than average
Must-acidity: medium, 3 g/l lower than Riesling
Winter hardiness: extremely good
Wood colour: dark brown
Resistance against - Oidium: high - Peronospora: very high
- Botrytis: high - Roter Brenner:
- Phomopsis - Stem-atrophy:
if the mildew infection conditions are severe, one spray is recommended just before flowering.
Preferred soil: suitable for all types
Normal stem height:
Normal row spacing:
Vine spacing in the row:
Winter Pruning: eyes/buds per sq. metre of land occupied by the plant.
Advantages: high resistence to mildews/diseases.