AUSTRIA (St. Georgen) - A couple of years ago, genetic research which can also be conducted with grape vines has already found out that Austria´s Grüner Veltiner (36 per cent of vineyard area) is a natural hybrid, with the Traminer being identified as mother grape variety. The second parent was unknown so far. Now, it was discovered that the chromosomes of a vine found in St. Georgen in the near of Eisenstadt (Burgenland) match. Apparently, this grape variety without a name is the father.
Supposedly, the grapevine is a few hundred years old and had been part of a garden which is no longer existing wine. First samples of the vine have already been taken in 2000, yet without clear results. Only a second investigation provided scientific evidence.
The vine is inevitably weak, but it is still alive, and needs care to make the production of grapevine material possible. The next step includes the acquirement of sufficient grape material to produce wine and to determine the enological value of the discovery. (r.knoll / translator e.meissner)