The Character of Bacchus Wine
This grape variety was named for the Roman god of wine: Bacchus is a hybrid of (Silvaner x Riesling) x Müller-Thurgau. Following its registration in the list of grape varieties in 1972, the Bacchus grape was licensed for varietal use in Germany. The Bacchus grape is cultivated primarily in Germany and England and produces a wine that is generally best enjoyed young.
Bacchus wine shimmers in a light yellow to greenish-yellow colour and has a nutmeg note reminiscent of the Scheurebe. Wines made from Bacchus grapes are aromatic and fruity, however only if the grapes have been harvested when fully ripe. Bacchus wines are characterised by notes of black currant, oranges, and sometimes also caraway or nutmeg. They are generally light to medium bodied. Because Bacchus wines are low in acidity, they are popularly used in cuvees together with Müller-Thurgau wines.