Souvignier gris

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Souvignier gris is a white German wine grape variety that was created in 1983 Dr. Norbert Becker by crossing the red French wine grape variety Cabernet Sauvignon with the white German grape crossing previously created by Becker known as Bronner. Bronner is a crossing of the hybrid varieties Merzling (mother vine) and Gm 6494 (father vine).

History and lineage[edit]

Bronner, one of the parent varieties of Souvignier gris.

Like its parent variety, Bronner, Souvignier gris was developed at the viticultural research institute of Freiburg, Germany. The variety was created in 1983.[1]

Through its parent, Cabernet Sauvignon, Souvignier gris is a grandchild variety of the white grape variety, Sauvignon blanc, and the red grape variety Cabernet Franc.[2] Through Bronner, which was created by Becker in 1975, the grape is related to Merzling and Geisenheim 6494.[3] Geisenheim 6494 is a crossing of Zarya Severa with St. Laurent.[4]


As a relatively recently created grape crossing, Souvignier gris is not known under many other names with only the breeding codes FR 392-83 and Freiburg 392-83 being listed as officially recognized synonyms by the Vitis International Variety Catalogue (VIVC).[1]


  1. ^ a b Vitis International Variety Catalogue (VIVC) Souvignier gris Archived 2014-02-03 at the Wayback Machine Accessed: January 20th, 2014
  2. ^ Vitis International Variety Catalogue (VIVC) Cabernet Sauvignon Accessed: January 20th, 2014
  3. ^ Vitis International Variety Catalogue (VIVC) Bronner Archived 2012-03-10 at the Wayback Machine Accessed: January 20th, 2014
  4. ^ Vitis International Variety Catalogue (VIVC) Geisenheim 6494 Accessed: January 20th, 2014