Year of breeding: 1948, by Hans Breider
Year of entry into the German Federal Office's Varieties Register:
Area planted in Germany in 1986: hectares, almost all in Rheinhessan
Area planted in England (as at August 2004):
Ortega wines in England are considered better than in Germany.
Wine Character - colour: yellow-green
Time of bud-burst:
Strength of growth:
Leaf: - size:
Grape bunch: - size:
Time of veraison:
Preferred soil: it is said not to like limestone soil or very dry soil
Normal stem height:
Winter Pruning: eyes/buds per sq. metre of land occupied by the plant.
Advantages: Early ripening, high must-weight.
Disadvantages: Very prone to fungal diseases, needs good air flow around the vines. Sensitive to poor weather at flowering time. Can be attacked by wasps.