Bacchus is a white wine grape that was created as a result of German Vine Breeding at the Geilweilerhof Institute for Grape Breeding in the Palatinate in 1933. The offspring of a Silvaner x Riesling crossing and Müller-Thurgau, Bacchus is a hardy variety that ripens early and does not require much in the way of specifics of its planting site. Bacchus wines are known for their powerful flavours, but only when given the chance to mature fully. Its lack of acidity makes it difficult to blend with high-acid musts, and it is often used for blending into Müller-Thurgau to strengthen the latter’s character. It is the fourth most planted grape variety in England, and its wines are regarded as having a style similar to Sauvignon Blanc, with higher acidity than in other European countries, due to the colder climate of Britain.