Bacchus is a white wine grape created by viticulturalist Peter Morio at the Geilweilerhof Institute for Grape Breeding in 1933. He crossed a Silvaner x Reisling cross with Müller-Thurgau.
Bacchus is increasingly grown in England. The colder climate in England means the grapes retain a higher acidity and yields are lower. Bacchus is sometimes called the ‘Sauvignon Blanc of the UK’.
Shotley Vineyard has over four thousand vines which were planted in 1997, 1998 and 2003.