Ortega (grape)

Grape (Vitis)
Color of berry skin Blanc
Species Vitis vinifera
Also called Würzburg B 48-21-4
Origin Germany
Notable regions Rheinhessen

Ortega is a grape variety used for white wine. It was created in 1948 by Hans Breider at the Bayerischen Landesanstalt für Wein-, Obst- und Gartenbau in Würzburg and was released with varietal protection in 1981.[1] It is a cross between Müller-Thurgau and Siegerrebe.[2] Breider chose to name the variety in honour of the Spanish poet and philosopher José Ortega y Gasset.

Ortega ripens early, is not sensitive to frost and reaches quite high must weights, typically 20 degrees Oechsle higher than Müller-Thurgau. It is therefore often used for sweet wines, which are considered to improve with cellaring. Ortega wines have aromas of Muscat and peach and are high in extract.[1]

Ortega is also used as a table grape.

In 2006, there were 686 hectares (1,700 acres) of Ortega in Germany, with a decreasing tendency.[3] It is also found in England.

Vineyards producing wines from Ortega

Court Garden Vineyard & Winery, Court Gardens Farm, Orchard Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex, BN6 8TH[4]

Fenny Castle Vineyard, Panniers Farm, Castle Lane, Worth, Wells, Somerset, UK [5]

Larch Hills Winery Canada, Blue Grouse Winery on Vancouver Island[6]


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