Bouvier

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).

Origin

Austria, Bad Radkersburg (Steiermark)

Parentage

Breed from Gelber Muskateller x Weißer Burgunder

Vineyard area

220 ha, 0.5%

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

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

Vineyard area: Bouvier is found mainly in Burgenland.  Between 1999 and 2009, its vineyard area decreased by one third.

Important ampelographic features:
Leaf: 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

Ripening time: very early

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. On the variety's down side are its unpredictable and low yields.

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