Blaufränkisch

Red grape variety

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What is Blaufränkisch?  

Blaufränkisch is a red grape variety from Central Europe where it has long been recognised as a quality grape that can make exquisite and long-lived red wines. It is also known as Kékfrankos, Lemberger and Frankovka. 

What does Blaufränkisch taste like?  

Blaufränkisch has notes of dark fruit, especially cherry and plum, often augmented by a spicy pepperiness. The best examples have floral overtones of peony, iris and even violet. The tannic structure is firm but elegant. 

Where is Blaufränkisch from?  

Blaufränkisch is likely to have originated in the area that is now Austria and Hungary. Like many European grapes, it has a parent-offspring relationship with Gouais Blanc, but its exact history and parentage is unknown. 
 


Where does Blaufränkisch grow?  

Blaufränkisch thrives in the continental climates of numerous central European countries: It is the second-most planted red grape in Austria, where it benefits from the Pannonian heat coming from the Hungarian plain. It makes expressive and long-lived wines in Burgenland – increasingly there also are very elegant wines from Carnuntum. In Hungary it has long been the backbone of the famed Egri Bikavér wine, or Bull’s Blood, from Eger, but there are pure varietal wines, too. Blaufränkisch also thrives in Slovakia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Croatia. In Germany, where it is known as Lemberger, its plantings are concentrated in the southwestern region of Württemberg. These wines can be particularly floral in the right hands. There are experimental plantings in Canada, Washington State, Australia and Japan. It still is somewhat of a sleeper in international circles. 

Famous Blaufränkisch regions:  

  • Burgenland, Austria 
  • Carnuntum, Austria 
  • Sopron, Hungary 
  • Eger, Hungary 
  • Kunság, Hungary 
  • Szekszárd, Hungary 
  • Württemberg, Germany 

Anything else?  

Due to its quality potential and peppery spice, Blaufränkisch has often been mistaken for Gamay. Blaufränkisch also is the parent of Zweigelt and has also been used in other crossings. 

Our selection of great Blaufränkisch  

  • Umathuam, Ried Kirschgarten, Burgenland, Austria
  • ​​​​​​​Prieler, Ried Marienthal, Burgenland, Austria 
  • Dorli Muhr, Ried Spitzerberg, Carnuntum 
  • Schnaitmann, Lämmler, Württemberg, Germany 
  • Aldinger, Marienglas, Württemberg, Germany 
  • Heimann & Fiai, Szekszárd, Hungary 

Color: white
Body: intense
Taste: sweet
Maturity: 8 to 10 years
Price: 5 to 65 €
Serving: Fish, Venison

This grape variety is also known by the name of:

Blauer Limberger, Blaufränkische, Blaufränkische, Blaufranchis, Blaufranchisch, Blue French, Cerne Skalicke, Cerny Muskatel, Blaufränkische, Cerne Starosvetske, Burgund Mare, Chirokolistny, Cierny Zierfandler, Fränkische schwarz, Frankovka cerna, Frankovka, Frankovka crna, Frankovka modra, Crna Frankovka, Crna Moravka, Fernon, Fränkische, Franconia nera, Franconien bleu, Franconia, Franconia nero, Frankinja, Kék Frankos, Franconien noir, Frankinja modra, Karmazin, Gamé, Maehrische, Lampart, Gamay noire, Kékfrank, Kékfrankos, Limberg, Limberger, Limberger blauer, Limberger noir, Limburske, Modry hyblink, Imbergher, Neskorak, Neskore cierne, Neskore, Nagyburgundi, Modra Frankinja, Modra Frankija, Nagy burgundi, Orna Frankovka, Muskateller schwarz, Portugais rouge, Moravske, Portugieser rother, Schwarzer Burgunder, Schwarzgrobe, Pozdni, Pozdni skalicke cerne, Starovetsky hrozen, Schwarze Fraenkische, Portugais lerouse, Velke bugundske, Noir de Franconie, Skalicke cerne, Vaghyburgundi, Teltfürtü Kékfrankos, Serina,Shirokolistnyi, Sirokolidtnyj, Szeleslevelü, Sirokolstnii, Vojvodino, Schwarz Limberger, Lemberger

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2023 Blaufränkisch Himmel auf Erden Rosé
Weingut Christian Tschida
Austria
Austria
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
11,5%
Blaufränkisch Himmel auf Erden Rosé Rosé Wine
95
2023 Blaufränkisch Himmel auf Erden Rosé
Weingut Christian Tschida
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
11,5%
Blaufränkisch Himmel auf Erden Rosé Rosé Wine
95
2023 Der Elefant im Porzellanladen
Weingut Strehn
Austria
Austria
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
13,5%
Der Elefant im Porzellanladen Rosé Wine
93
2023 Blaufränkisch Rosé Der Elefant im Porzellanladen
Weingut Strehn
Austria
Austria
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
13,5%
Blaufränkisch Rosé Der Elefant im Porzellanladen Rosé Wine
93
2023 Rosalia DAC Rosé fassgereift
Domaine Pöttelsdorf
Austria
Rosalia,  Burgenland,  Austria
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
13,5%
Rosalia DAC Rosé fassgereift Rosé Wine
93
2023 Rosalia DAC Rosé »The Origin of Rosé«
Weingut Migsich
Austria
Rosalia,  Burgenland,  Austria
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
12,5%
Rosalia DAC Rosé »The Origin of Rosé« Rosé Wine
92
2023 Rosalia DAC Rosé »The Origin of Rosé«
Weingut Piribauer
Austria
Rosalia,  Burgenland,  Austria
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
13%
Rosalia DAC Rosé »The Origin of Rosé« Rosé Wine
92
2023 Blaufränkisch Rosé Hahn oder Henne?
Weingut Pasler
Austria
Burgenland,  Austria
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
12%
Blaufränkisch Rosé Hahn oder Henne? Rosé Wine
92
2023 Rosalia DAC "The Origin of Rosé"
Domaine Pöttelsdorf
Austria
Rosalia,  Burgenland,  Austria
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
13%
Rosalia DAC "The Origin of Rosé" Rosé Wine
92
2023 Rosalia DAC Blaufränkisch The Origin of Rosé
Weingut Piribauer
Austria
Rosalia,  Burgenland,  Austria
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
13%
Rosalia DAC Blaufränkisch The Origin of Rosé Rosé Wine
92
2023 Rosalia DAC Rosé - "The Origin of Rosé"
Weingut Migsich
Austria
Rosalia,  Burgenland,  Austria
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
12,5%
€€
Rosalia DAC Rosé - "The Origin of Rosé" Rosé Wine
92
2023 Blaufränkisch Mittelburgenland DAC Ried Sonnberg
Rotweingut Prickler
Austria
Central Burgenland,  Burgenland,  Austria
Red Wine
Blaufränkisch
13,5%
Blaufränkisch Mittelburgenland DAC Ried Sonnberg Red Wine
92
2023 Blaufränkisch Grosshöflein Rosé
Weingut Esterházy
Austria
Leithaberg,  Burgenland,  Austria
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
13,5%
Blaufränkisch Grosshöflein Rosé Rosé Wine
92
2023 Mardonna Rosé
Weingut Gerhard Markowitsch
Austria
Austria
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
13,5%
Mardonna Rosé Rosé Wine
92
2023 Rosalia DAC Rosé The Origin of Rosé
Weingut Alfred Fischer
Austria
Rosalia,  Burgenland,  Austria
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
13%
Rosalia DAC Rosé The Origin of Rosé Rosé Wine
92
2023 Blaufränkisch Classic
Weingut Scheiblhofer
Austria
Lake Neusiedl,  Burgenland,  Austria
Red Wine
Blaufränkisch
14%
Blaufränkisch Classic Red Wine
91
2023 Blaufränkisch Rosé
Weingut Strehn
Austria
Burgenland,  Austria
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
12,5%
Blaufränkisch Rosé Rosé Wine
91
2023 Blaufränkisch Rosé
Weingut Tinhof
Austria
Burgenland,  Austria
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
12%
Blaufränkisch Rosé Rosé Wine
91
2023 Blaufränkisch Rosé vom Stein®
Weingut Prieler
Austria
Leithaberg,  Burgenland,  Austria
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
13%
Blaufränkisch Rosé vom Stein® Rosé Wine
91
2023 Rosalia DAC Rosé »The Origin of Rosé«
Weingut Lassl
Austria
Rosalia,  Burgenland,  Austria
Rosé Wine
Blaufränkisch
13%
Rosalia DAC Rosé »The Origin of Rosé« Rosé Wine
91
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