Slow Food has included the Blauer Silvaner grape variety in the "Ark of Taste". The project for biodiversity protects regionally important foods, farm animal species, cultivated plants and traditional methods of preparation from being forgotten and disappearing. Slow Food wants to contribute to making the Blauer Silvaner better known by including it in the "Ark". Because it produces "not only robust, strong and ripe wines; due to its resilience, it has also coped well with climate change so far", it says in a statement.
The Blauer Silvaner belongs to the Franconian white wine family, but is hardly widespread: in 2018, the area under cultivation was only 29 hectares in Germany. The Grüner Silvaner is grown on 4,744 hectares. Blauer Silvaner is mainly grown and marketed by wineries in Franconia, but also in Baden, on the Nahe, in Rheinhessen, in the Saale-Unstrut region and in Württemberg.
Until the 20th century, it was also common in Franconia to grow different grape varieties in a "mixed set". In addition to the Grüner, Gelber and Roter, this also included the Blauer Silvaner. While the Grüner Silvaner was produced as a single variety from the beginning of the 20th century, the Blauer remained a component of the mixed set, which has almost disappeared today. It is unclear, however, whether the Blauer Silvaner is the original grape of the green variety or whether it originated as a mutation. In 1964, the vintner and grape breeder Kaspar Steinmann from Sommerhausen am Main discovered the variety and worked on it through breeding. In 1984, Blauer Silvaner was registered as a white wine variety with the Federal Office of Plant Varieties.
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