Sylvaner B
Name of vine variety in France
This variety would originally be from central Europe (Austria). Based on published genetic analyses, Sylvaner would result from the crossbreedinf of Savagnin and Österreichisch Weiß.
There is no officially recognized synonym for this variety in France. In the European Union, Sylvaner can officially be called by other names: Grüner Silvaner (Germany), Silvanac zeleni (Croatia), Silvanske zelené (Czech Republic, Slovakia), Sylvaner verde (Italy), Zeleni silvanec (Slovenia) and Zöld szilvani (Hungary).
In France, Sylvaner is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties" on the A list and classified. This variety is also listed in the catalogues of other Member States of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
Wine grape variety.
Evolution of area under vines in France
1958 1968 1979 1988 1998 2008 2018
ha 2489 2830 2644 2617 2168 1603 945
The identification is based on:
- the tip of the young shoot with a medium density of prostate hairs,
- the green young leaves,
- the shoots with green internodes
- the shiny, circular, entire adult leaves, with a slightly open petiole sinus with parallel edges or slightly overlapping lobes, short teeth with convex sides, no anthocyanin coloration of veins, a twisted leaf blade and on the lower side of the leaves, no or a very low density of erect and prostate hairs,
- the round-shaped berries.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 149 223 243 186 188 250 240 227 271
Allel 2 151 229 247 191 204 252 248 235 271
Bud burst: 5 days after Chasselas.
Grape maturity: mid-season, 2 weeks and a half after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Sylvaner is a variety with a steady production. It is however rather sensitive to spring frosts and its wood sometimes has difficulty to lignify. Sylvaner is not suited to terroirs that induce too much chlorosis.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
Sylvaner is very sensitive to powdery mildew, downy mildew and grey rot.
Technological potential
The bunches are small and the berries are small to medium in size. Sylvaner produces fairly acidic and relatively neutral wines.
Clonal selection in France
The two certified Sylvaner clones carry the numbers 50 and 487. A conservatory of approximately 300 clones was planted in Alsace in 1990.
Bibliographic references
- Catalogue des variétés et clones de vigne cultivés en France. Collectif, 2007, Ed. IFV, Le Grau-du-Roi, France.
- Documentary collections of the Centre de Ressources Biologiques de la Vigne de Vassal-Montpellier, INRAE - Montpellier SupAgro, Marseillan, France.
- Dictionnaire encyclopédique des cépages et de leurs synonymes. P. Galet, 2015, Ed. Libre&Solidaire, France.
- Traité général de viticulture, Ampélographie. P. Viala and V. Vermorel, 1901-1909, Ed. Masson, Paris, France.
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
50  Bas-Rhin  INRA  medium  medium  medium  
 1971  Alsace  medium      
 1.67 ha        distinctive wines of the vine variety
487  Bas-Rhin  INRA  medium to high  medium to high  medium  
 1976  Alsace  medium      
 0.14 ha        distinctive wines of the vine variety