Dornfelder is a dark-skinned variety of grape of German origin used for red wine.
Dornfelder was created in 1956 at the Weinsberg Research Center in Baden/Wüttemberg by August Herold. The variety was created as a cross of two Vitis vinifera crossings previously created by Herold. It was the Helfensteiner (a cross of Frühburgunder/Pinot Précoce noir and Trollinger/Schiava Grossa created in 1931) and Heroldrebe (a cross of Blauer Portugieser and Blaufränkisch/Lemberger created in 1929). The variety was named after one of the 19th-century founders of the school of viticulture at Weinsberg, Immanuel August Ludwig Dornfeld.
Traditionally, the red wines of Germany were mostly pale and light-bodied, but new breeds of dark-skinned grapes led by Dornfelder have allowed the production of more internationally styled reds. Dornfelder has a depth of color, good acidity and the ability to benefit from barrique aging and the associated oak flavors.
Originally the Dornfelder was created as a blending variety to add color to the pale red wines of Germany, plantings of Dornfelder were initially slow to take off.
Dornfelder wines are velvety textured, slightly floral, often show flavors of plums, blackberries or cherries, and are typically oaked. Sometimes the wines have a hint of sweetness.
Dornfelder is easier to grow than some of the other wines. It has better resistance to rot than other grapes. It also has a higher natural alcohol level than most of the red wine varieties.
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