Mueller Thurgau

the white Rebsorte Mueller Thurgau, today for marketing reasons also Rivaner mentioned, became 1882 of the Swiss of Rebfor Professor. Hermann Mueller (* 1850; † 1927) at the research institute Geisenheim in Rhine gau bred. Mueller Thurgau is with 42.000 hectars cultivated areaworld-wide the most successful new breeding.

The sort places relatively small requirements at climate and ground condition. The vines mature early and bring large yield quantities. The sort Mueller Thurgau is mild due to their small acid, but elegant and fruchtig. The wines are stillto be relatively young drunk, with few exceptions they become not better by the storage.

Drying and half drying developed the sort is called today very frequently “Rivaner”, after the originally assumed parents vines Riesling and Silvaner. The reason: Although itselffrom Mueller Thurgau quite hochklassige wines keltern leave, have the grape/cluster meanwhile at the public very a bad reputation, because them were all too often abused due to the attainable high yield for inferior mass wines.

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history of the Rebsorte

Hermann Müller
Hermann Mueller

genealogyand development of the Mueller Thurgau vine

  • starting from 1882 crossing attempts in Geisenheim by Hermann Mueller
  • until 1890 preliminary test to newbreed
  • 1891 of the changes from Hermann Mueller after Wädenswil (Switzerland)
of 150 Stecklinge of the Geisenheimer will newbreed into Switzerland sent
  • 1892-1893 rearing of the Stecklinge inthe breed NR
  • carries 1894 Auspflanzung of 73 sorts in
the open land Riesling x Silvaner for Switzerland. 58
  • 1897 Vermehrung of the wood of the Stecklinge by clip mountain (Wädenswil)
  • 1901 first refinement on being subject vines
  • 1903 the first yield plants of the new sort provides
  • 1906-1907Riesling x Silvaner on 7 being subject vines improved test range from 894
  • 1908 distribution of 22.000 grafting vines abroad Switzerland and
  • 1913 first feedback from 100 vines to Germany by Dern and use of the sort designation Mueller Thurgau vine
  • 1920-1930 production of test rangesplanted in all German Weinbaugebieten, as well as selections by
  • Fuess 1938 sifting of the cultivation results increasingly on a Mueller Thurgau conference
  • in Alzey since 1945 in the reconstruction and in the case of conversions
  • 1956 seeds-legal entry
  • starting from 1969 Mueller Thurgau into the sort list after the seeds traffic law with preservation breedersand clones registered
  • starting from 1970 as recommended sort in all Weinbaugebieten of Germany classified
  • to 1975 Mueller Thurgau Vermehrung penetrates as clones of the sort Mueller Thurgau,
  • basis and certified planting property on the first place related to surface expansion forwards starting from 1980

Crossing partner

Mueller was however not completely safe itself, who parents Rebsorten was actually used by it. Therefore there was doubt also from the outset. Attempts to reconstruct breeding failed. Long time assumed one it itself around oneCrossing from Riesling with itself acts.

1998 could be excluded in the monastery new citizens viticulture school in Austria with the help of towards-diagnostic procedures (use of specific micro satellites) Silvaner as crossing partners. The result suggested Chasselas as crossing partner (father candidate). Scientist of the GermansFederal Institution for breeding research in Siebeldingen/Pfalz could some years ago with new, extended towards-diagnostic possibilities the origin of the Mueller Thurgau vine still more exactly determine: They defined the Rebsorte larva line Royal as a father. Larva line Royal is a breeding from the form circle of the Chasselas (property noble).

The cultivated area in Germany amounted to in March 2004 17,280 hectars, corresponds to 16.8% the Rebfläche.


the white Rebsorte Bacchus developed for descendants by further crossing of a seedling (Silvaner x Riesling) with Mueller Thurgau. Mueller Thurgau was likewisetaken part in the following further new breeding:Cantaro, Faber, Fontanara, Gloria, Goldriesling, Gutenborner, chancellor, Muscabona, optima, Ortega, bead, regent, Reichensteiner, beautiful tl grape/cluster, September timer, Tamara and Thurling.


viticulture in Germany


in Austria becomes the Mueller Thurgau with strongly declining meaning particularly as blend partner for light board wines and/or. for the storm uses.

non-European cultivation areas

synonyms:Rivaner(Austria, Luxembourg & Germany), Riesling Sylvaner (Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg), Johannisberg (whale-read), Mueller, Müllerka, Müllerovo (Slowakei), Mueller Thurgeau (Chile), Rizvanac Bijeli, Rizvanec (Croatia, Slovenia).

Descent: Riesling x larva line Royale (a modification property-nobly)

Ampelografi description

In the Ampelographie the Habitus is described as follows: Sheet medium sized, five to siebenlappig, deeply gebuchtet, strongly curved; Blade upper surface weakly blasig, bald; Lower surface spinnwebig, bald-end; Handle bay overlapping; Page margin sawed off. Sprout lightgreen, easily flaumig with reddish approach. Grapes/clusters means to large, looseto dichtbeerig, conical, often training ore. Berry medium sized, oval, yellowish-green, easily beduftet; Berry meat juicy with clear Muskatbukett.


the vine and prefers deep, freshness is starkwüchsig, not to dry soils. It has small requirements to the location, is but sensitively to drynesses. Those wood-develops can weakly be, thus frequently already with -15 °C frost damages. A high susceptibility against Peronospora, Phomopsis, red burner and Botrytis cinerea is given. The kind of educating is to be selected in such a way that a goodAeration of the leaves wall is possible. The Rebsorte has a large bloom firmness after May frosts, by fruitful Beiaugen, usually comes it only to small Ertragsausfall. Matures starting from in the middle of September. A Mostgewicht of 65-90° Oechsle can be obtained with with 100-150 hl/ha, inare possible for some years also over 200 hl/ha.

Mueller Thurgau wine

the Moste predominantly developed to süffigen, light, elegant quality wines with pleasant Muskatton and moderate acid. Depending upon location they are more or less blumig. In some yearsmust be counted on small acid. As carousing wine, freshly drunk, he is most beautiful. Storage times of 2 to 3 years should not be exceeded, since otherwise the fine Muskataroma is lost.


  • Oz Clarke & Margaret edge:Clarkes large encyclopedia of the Rebsorten, Munich 2001
  • Helmut Becker: 100 years Rebsorte Mueller Thurgau, the German viticulture 12/1982

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