Sultanine B
Name of vine variety in France
This table grape variety of natural origin is grown in many countries.
There is no officially recognized synonym for this variety in France. In the European Union Sultanine B can officially be called by other names: Sultanina (Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal), Sultanina bianca B (Italy), Soultanina B (Greece) and Thompson Seedless (Spain).
In France, Sultanine B is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties".

This vine variety is likewise listed in the Catalogues of other European Union member states: Bulgaria, Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy.
Table grape variety
Evolution of area under vines in France
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Identification signs include:
- the tip of the young shoot has a sparse to very sparse coat of flat-lying hairs,
- young leaves are shiny yellow,
- adult leaves are orbicular, whole or 3-lobed with a petiole sinus with overlapping or very overlapping lobes; short to moderate teeth with straight sides, the one corresponding to the principle veins are bit longer; absence of coloration of veins; smooth leaf blade, thin, shiny, upturned on edges, sometimes cupped, folded at the petiole point and the underside with an absence of upright and flat-lying hairs,
- long elliptical or ovoid shaped berries.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 143 232 239 178 188 248 238 216 249
Allel 2 149 232 253 191 188 260 248 243 249
Bud burst: 5 days after Chasselas.
Grape maturity: period II, 3 to 3 and 1/2 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Sultanine B is an extremely vigorous vine variety and grows semi-erect to horizontal and must be trellised and long pruned. To obtain good conditions to flower, Sultanine B requires very favorable light and temperature conditions. As such, in France, there is generally an absence or just very slight fertility.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
Sultanine B is very sensitive to downy mildew, powdery mildew, anthracnosis, grey rot and phomopsis.
Technological potential
Grape clusters are large, winged and moderately compact. The berries are seedless, moderate in size with a moderately thick skin. The pulp is crunchy with a simple flavor, pleasant and not very acidic. For the production of table grapes, treatments using gibberrellic acid and girdling enable the berry size to increase. Sultanine B is likewise the principle variety used for making raisins.
Clonal selection in France
The only approved Sultanine B clone carries the number 919.
Bibliographic references
- Catalogue des variétés et clones de vigne cultivés en France. Collectif, 2007, Ed. IFV, Le Grau-du-Roi.
- Documentation interne du Domaine de Vassal. 1949-2011, INRA, Marseillan-plage.
- Dictionnaire encyclopédique des cépages. P. Galet, 2000, Ed. Hachette, Paris.
Description of clones approved in France
Identity and availability Agronomic data Technical data
Clone number Origin Selection Fertility Production level Sugar content Potential color
Year approved Agronomic references Weight of grape clusters Vigor Total acidity Tannic structure
Growing surface area Size of berries Sensitivity to Botrytis Aromatic intensity Oenological aptitudes
919  Hérault  ENTAV        
Clone conforms to variety characteristics