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Faberrebe  (originally known as Az 10375)

Mother: Pinot Blanc
Father: Müller-Thurgau

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 varieties.
Area planted in England (as at August 2004):   hectares

Wine Character - colour: yellow-green 
                      - 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.

  faberrebe  photo from

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 
        - colour: 
        - surface undulation: slight       - petiolar sinus: V-form open

Grape bunch: - size: medium-large     - density: medium-tight
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 for longer)

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                 - Peronospora: 
                       - Botrytis: medium-high     - Roter Brenner: 
                       - Phomopsis                     - 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.