The Solaris is a white grape variety that was developed in 1975 by the Weinbau Institute in Freiburg. It originated from the cross of Merzling and Geisenheim 6493. This makes it a distant relative of the Riesling and Pinot Gris. Because of the many crossings, the grape has not remained a pure vitis vinifera, which means that it is considered to be one of the hybrid varieties. The name Solaris is derived from “solar” the sun, because of its strength and early summer ripeness. The wine is very suitable for cooler wine-growing regions, where the grape still has high sugar and low acid levels, resulting in strong fruity white wines, also because the ripening already takes place from 1st week of September.
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