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