FURMINT CLONES AND THE TARCAL SERIES ON DISPLAY IN TARCAL

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On 29th September, the annual grape exhibition of the Tokaj Research Institute for Viticulture and Oenology (RIVO) was held in the foreground of the Institute's new building in Tarcal. This time, the focus was mostly on Furmint clones, as well as the so-called 'Tarcal Series'. which is made up of 22 crosses, mostly obtained between Bouvier and various Hárslevelű clones in the late 1950s and 1960s. Out of these, Kabar (originally known as Tarcal 10) is the only variety authorised for the Tokaj appellation. At the event, young researcher Péter Balling gave an overview of the varieties in the Tarcal Series, while his colleague, Antal Kneip, offered an insight into the history of Furmint clonal selection that had started as early as the 1890s in the Tokaj region.

Next day, those invited were treated to a guided visit to the vine nursery a The grape clusters on display came from. This collection of almost three hundred varieties, variants and clones had been planted in the Murat-völgy Vineyard on the south-facing slopes of Tokaj Hill in April 2014.

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