The prolific Rheinhessen grape breeder Georg Scheu crossed Chardonnay with Müller-Thurgau in 1929 to produce this early-ripening white variety.


  • 196

    hectares planted vinyard area 2022

Significance and history

According to new analyses from 2012, the Faberrebe is a new breed created by the vine breeder Georg Scheu from Chardonnay x Müller-Thurgau at the Landesanstalt für Rebenzüchtung in Alzey in 1929. Until 2012, it was still assumed to be a cross between Weißburgunder x Müller-Thurgau.

Vinification and taste

This early-ripening, high-yielding grape produces light to golden-yellow, fruity, elegant wines with well-structured acidity and a discreet muscat tone. The variety is grown almost exclusively in Germany. The area under vines is in sharp decline and amounted to only 196 hectares in 2022; in 2010, a total of 555 hectares was reported. The variety is mainly cultivated in Rheinhessen with 167 hectares.

At a glance

  • Bred in 1929 by Georg Scheu
  • Cross between Chardonnay x Müller-Thurgau
  • early-maturing variety
  • Aroma: light muscat tone, blackberry and redcurrant, citrus, exotic fruits

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From which language does the word "Faber" come?

The word Faber comes from Latin and means blacksmith. The translations craftsman, artist or worker are also possible.