Winegrowers Supplies - Vine variety information
Souvignier gris(originally known as Fr. 392-83)
Mother: Cabernet Sauvignon (Sauvignon blanc x Cabernet Franc)
Father: Bronner (Merzling x Gm 6494 (Zarya Severa x St. Laurent))
That was the parentage attributed to it by the breeder but DNA analysis carried out in 2014-2016 indicated that it is in fact Seyval x Zähringer.
A white Piwi/disease-resistant variety.
Year of breeding: 1983
Country of origin: Germany
Breeder/License holder: Staatliches Weinbauinstitut Freiburg, bred by Dr Norbert Becker.
Number of clones: Fr 420
Year of entry into the German Federal Office's Varieties Register: 2008, protected from 2012.
Area planted in Germany: increasing
Area planted in England: trial areas
Has been planted in Italy, France, Austria, Holland.
Wine Character - colour: yellow-green to yellow
- bouquet: fruity
- palate: full-bodied, neutral, fruity; an alternative to Pinot Gris
Time of bud-burst: early
Strength of growth: medium-strong
Growth of side-shoots: low to average
Flowering time: early to middle, a few days before Pinot Gris
Flowering strength: strong, coulure is very low
Leaf: - size: medium
- shape: 3-lobed
- surface undulation: - petiolar sinus:
Grape bunch: - size: medium-large - density: medium to loose
Berries: - size: medium - shape: elongated cylindrical
- skin colour: rose but low in anthocyanins
Time of veraison: middle-late, about the same time as Pinot Gris or Pinot Blanc
Time of harvest: about the same time as Pinot Blanc
Grape yield: medium
Must-weight: medium to high
Wood ripening: high to very high
Winter hardiness: high
Wood colour: dark brown
Resistance against - Oidium: high - Peronospora: very high
- Botrytis: average to high - Roter Brenner:
- Phomopsis - Stem-atrophy: very high
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 resistance to mildews, interesting wine in the style of Pinot Gris