Blaufränkisch (BLAUW-FRANK-ish)

Highly esteemed Austrian variety—probably of Austrian or Hungarian origin—which can make delicious, spicy, precise, earthy, deeply colored reds, especially in Burgenland (the warmest of the Austrian wine regions). Also the leading red in Hungary (where it is called kékfrankos) and grown in Washington State where it is called by its German name, lemberger. DNA analysis indicates it to be a probable progeny of gouais blanc.


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