The Muskat-Ottonel is a more recent addition to the ancient Muscat family, and was cultivated from a seedling in France, and is thought to be a crossing of Chasselas and an undetermined Muscat variety.
New breed from Gutedel (Chasselas) x Muskat de Saumur
White wine grape variety
New crossing between Gutedel (Chasselas) and Muscat de Saumur, created in 1839 by Jean Moreau, a private vine breeder in Angers.
Grown mainly around Lake Neusiedl in Burgenland. The area under this variety remains relatively constant.
Significance & conditions
Is a significant variety in Burgenland.
For winegrowers, however, Scheurebe can prove challenging in the vineyard. It is very demanding in terms of location (warm, sheltered from the wind) and soil (good supply of water and nutrients). During flowering, it is particularly sensitive, often resulting in low, irregular yields. It can only tolerate a low lime content in the soil and is especially prone to chlorosis when the weather is cool and wet.
Area under vine in Austria
(as a proportion of the variety’s total area)
Characteristics of the wine
Depending on ripeness, can yield full-bodied yet mild wines with a delicate muscat flavour. Extremely ripe grapes can produce mild, very smooth Prädikatswein, which pairs excellently with sweet dishes.
Source varietal specifications: Höhere Bundeslehranstalt und Bundesamt für Wein- und Obstbau (Federal College and Federal Office for Viticulture, Oenology and Fruit Growing) in Klosterneuburg, “Austria’s Qualitätswein grape varieties and their clones“ („Österreichische Qualitätsweinrebsorten und deren Klone“), 2nd, reviewed edition, September 2015
Source area under vine: Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism according to IACS (as at 31 May 2022)