The Scheurebe is a crossing of Riesling and Bukettraube, and was created by German viticulturalist Georg Scheu in 1916. The Scheurebe is regarded as an aromatic variety due to its pronounced bouquet of blackcurrants, tropical fruit and stone fruit.

Origin

Germany, Alzey

Parentage

Breed from Riesling and Bukettraube

Vineyard area

302.55 ha; 0.7%

Parentage

Bred in 1916 by Georg Scheu as a “Sämling” (seedling) from Riesling and Bukettraube at the Landesanstalt für Rebenzüchtung in Alzey. Scheu numbered all of his young plants consecutively, and this particular one was Seedling Number 88 – hence the name Sämling 88.

Vineyard area

Grows mostly in Burgenland and Steiermark. Between 1999 and 2020, the total area under this variety has consistently fallen.

A picture shows grapes of the grape variety Scheurebe.
© Austrian Wine / Oberleithner

Important ampelographic features

Leaf

medium-sized, circular, deeply lobed

Grape cluster

medium-sized, densely berried, cylindrical, shouldered; berries are round, greenish-yellow in colour, with a muscat-like flavour

Ripening

Ripening

very early
early
early to middle
middle
middle to late
late
very late

Significance & conditions

Becoming a less popular variety to cultivate. Still vinified as Trockenbeerenauslese, Strohwein and Schilfwein styles around Lake Neusiedl. Requires a good vineyard. Vigorous growth, with a high tolerance of dryness and limestone. Very resistant to winter frosts.

 

Area under vine in Austria
(as a proportion of the variety’s total area)

Click on the wine origin in the list for a breakdown into more specific regions of origin.

Total area in Austria:

A picture shows a hand holding a glass of white wine.
© Austrian Wine / Blickwerk Fotografie

Characteristics of the wine

Well-ripened grapes are able to produce both full-bodied, dry wines and Prädikatswein that are rich in aromas and have a particularly good ageing potential due their zesty acidity. Unripe grapes, however, result in a pungent and unpleasant acidity unique to this variety.

 

Link

New Crossings

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)

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