This table grape variety of natural origin is grown in many countries.
There is no officially recognized synonym for this variety in France. In the European Union Sultanine B can officially be called by other names: Sultanina (Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal), Sultanina bianca B (Italy), Soultanina B (Greece) and Thompson Seedless (Spain).
In France, Sultanine B is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties".
This vine variety is likewise listed in the Catalogues of other European Union member states: Bulgaria, Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy.
Table grape variety
Bud burst: 5 days after Chasselas.
Grape maturity: period II, 3 to 3 and 1/2 weeks after Chasselas.
Sultanine B is an extremely vigorous vine variety and grows semi-erect to horizontal and must be trellised and long pruned. To obtain good conditions to flower, Sultanine B requires very favorable light and temperature conditions. As such, in France, there is generally an absence or just very slight fertility.
Sultanine B is very sensitive to downy mildew, powdery mildew, anthracnosis, grey rot and phomopsis.
Grape clusters are large, winged and moderately compact. The berries are seedless, moderate in size with a moderately thick skin. The pulp is crunchy with a simple flavor, pleasant and not very acidic. For the production of table grapes, treatments using gibberrellic acid and girdling enable the berry size to increase. Sultanine B is likewise the principle variety used for making raisins.
The only approved Sultanine B clone carries the number 919.