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Ráthay is a new crossing conducted at the viticultural school in Klosterneuburg, and became an official Quality variety in 2000.


Austria, LFZ Klosterneuburg


New breed from the Klosterneuburg 1189-9-77 (= Seyve Villard 18-402 x Blaufränkisch) x Blauburger

Vineyard area

35 ha, 0.1 %

A picture shows grapes of the grape variety Rathay
© AWMB / Oberleitner

Parentage: New breed by Dr.Gertrude Mayer, LFZ Klosterneuburg.

Vineyard area: Registered as a quality grape variety since 2000, and is one of the PIWI varieties.

Important ampelographic features:
medium-sized, conical to pentagonal; five lobes
Grape cluster: medium-sized; moderately compact berries; cylindrical, with wings; the grapes are dark blue to black in colour

Ripening time: mid-early season

Significance, conditions: Because of its robust colour, this variety is used also as a blending partner. It is partially resistant to oidium and peronospora. It is resistant to winter frost.

Wine: The deep, dark wines are full-bodied, and rich in extract and tannins. They are ready to drink early on.


New Varieties