Orion (grape)

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Grape (Vitis)
SpeciesHybrid grape
Also calledGeilweilerhof GA-58-30

Orion is a white wine grape variety of German origin. It was created by Dr. Gerhardt Alleweldt (1927-2005) at the Geilweilerhof Institute for Grape Breeding in Siebeldingen in 1964, by crossing the Vitis vinifera variety Optima with the hybrid grape Villard Blanc.[1][2] Therefore, Orion is itself a hybrid grape (interspecific crossing) rather than a pure Vitis vinifera.

Orion derives its name from the mythological hunter Orion, which gave the constellation Orion its name.[2] It is also known under the synonyms Geilweilerhof GA-58-30 and Gf. GA-58-30.[1]


  1. ^ a b Vitis International Variety Catalogue: Orion, accessed on May 16, 2008
  2. ^ a b Wein-Plus Glossar: Orion, accessed on January 24, 2013