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The Müller Thurgau grape variety is a cross between white grape varieties created in 1882 by the Swiss Hermann Müller, a native of Thurgau, when working on a study for the genetic improvement of the grapes. Until recently it was believed that the originating grapes were Riesling and Sylvaner, but recent DNA studies suggest that the second grape is Chasselas instead of Sylvaner.
The grape variety Müller Thurgau is widely cultivated in Europe, especially in Germany, Switzerland and Italy, and it has been planted in new world countries as well such as New Zealand and Australia. In Italy, Müller Thurgau is grown in several regions, from north to south, but the most important regions are Trentino Alto Adige, found in both Trentino and Alto Adige wine regions, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto. The best examples of Müller Thurgau wines come from vineyards planted at altitude.