Wine By Grape Variety | Blaufränkisch

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Blaufränkisch is a dark-skinned variety of grape used for the production of red wine. It is a late-ripening grape variety, producing red wines which are typically rich in tannin and may exhibit a pronounced spicy character.

The grape is grown across Central Europe, including Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Italy. In Hungary the grape is called Kékfrankos and is grown in a number of wine regions. It has been called 'the Pinot Noir of the East' because of its spread and reputation in Eastern Europe. In America the grape is also known as Lemberger.

Blaufränkisch wines have aromas of dark ripe cherries and dark berries, are spicy, have medium tannin levels and sometimes very good acidity. Young wines are deeply fruity and become more velvety, supple and complex with age