Discreetly grapey with delicate Muscat aromas, this extremely early ripening grape variety is used primarily for the production of fresh fruit juice (Most) and young wine in full fermentation (Sturm).


Austria, Bad Radkersburg (Steiermark)


Breed from Gelber Muskateller x Weissburgunder

Vineyard area

211.77 ha; 0.5%


This variety was bred at around 1900 by Clotar Bouvier in Bad Radkersburg.

Vineyard area

Bouvier is found mainly in Burgenland.  Between 1999 and 2020, its vineyard area decreased noticeably.

A picture shows the grapes of the grape variety Bouvier
© Austrian Wine / Oberleitner

Important ampelographic features


medium; circular with five lobes, deeply lobed

Grape cluster

small- to medium-sized; medium dense to loose grapes; cylindrical; often with wings; round, greenish-yellow grapes with thick skins

Significance, conditions

Bouvier is marketed mainly as a table grape, as must, “Sturm” (still-fermenting grape juice) or as young wine. In Burgenland, its primary growing region, the variety makes also Prädikat wines that usually express a mild character with a delicate nutmeg tone. Disadvantages to the variety are its unpredictable and low yields.





very early
early to middle
middle to late
very late

Area under vine in each of Austria’s wine-growing regions
(as a proportion of the variety’s total area)

Click on a wine origin in the list to view its wine-growing regions.

Gesamtfläche in Österreich: 211.77

© Austrian Wine / Blickwerk Fotografie

Characteristics of the wine

The wines are mild, extract-rich and, depending on the site, have a more or less strong nutmeg bouquet.




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