The Huxel grape is a cross between White Gutedel x Courtiller Musqué. The variety was named after Fritz Huxel, who strongly promoted this grape variety in the 1950s.
Huxelrebe, a crossing of Gutedel and Courtillier Musqué, was bred by Georg Scheu in Rheinhessen in 1927.
If left on its own, this white variety can achive record-breaking yields (and correspondingly lower-quality wine); however, if yields are controlled, the Huxelrebe can produce Auslese and dessert wines even in an average year.
Today, only 396 hectares of Huxel grapes are grown in Germany (0.4% of the entire planted vineyards), of which 273 hectares are in Rheinhessen and 109 hectares in the Palatinate and also a small extent in the Nahe region (2019).
Fully ripened Huxelrebe has a rich bouquet and flavor and, as its heritage implies, a refined Muscat tone. The fresh and mild acidity of the grape variety harmonises perfectly with these fruit notes. The wines of the Huxelrebe are often served with sweet desserts or as an aperitif and are a delicious companion for spicy poultry and fish dishes as well as sweet and sour dishes.
Why do people speak of the Janus head in connection with the Huxel-Rebe ?
The Janus head comes from Roman mythology and is the representation of the two faces of Janus, the god of the beginning and the end. The Huxel vine also has two faces, because on the one hand it can produce large yields, but on the other hand it can also produce top qualities.