The Souvignier Gris is a fungus-resistant variety, crossed by Norbert Becker, and is to be found primarily in Steiermark. Its tendency toward abundant yields makes thinning-out of the grapes necessary.
a crossing of Seyval blanc x Zähringer
60.47 ha; 0.1%
Significance & conditions
Souvignier Gris is one of the fungus-resistant (PIWI) varieties, so it is highly resistant to oidium and Peronospora. Its loose foliage and the robust grape skins also protect it against botrytis, even in areas with high precipitation.
Area under vine in Austria
(as a proportion of the variety’s total area)
Characteristics of the wine
The wines exhibit a neutral aroma, are dense, rich in extract and somewhat reminiscent of Pinot Gris.
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)