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Overview of local grape varieties

Are you interested in detailed descriptions of all grape varieties grown in Rödelsee? Here we go:

Silvaner

The most traditional Franconian grape variety has been grown here for almost 500 years.

Area of cultivation:
25 % in Franconia, increasing

Origin:
Transylvania (Romania)

Ripening season:
Mid to late October

Winter frost hardiness:
Medium to high

Wine characteristics:
Strong, full-bodied wine with a delicate bouquet, soil-influenced, harmonious acidity.

Top vintages meeting the highest quality requirements:
1911, 1921, 1947, 1953, 1959, 1976, 1993

Best paired with:
Savoury roast game, beef and pork, various snacks

Schwarzriesling

Origin:
Burgundy (France)
Very old standalone red grape variety

Mutation:
Derived from pinot noir

Breeder:
Dr. Herold, Weinsberg (Germany)

Ripening season:
Early October

Yield:
High, approx. 80 to 90 hectolitres/hectare

Wine characteristics:
Savoury, delicate, fine berry flavour, ruby to dark red

Wine quality:
Quality wine with distinction

Longevity:
High to very high, storable for many years

Area of cultivation:
Approx. 100 hectares in Franconia, increasing

Best paired with:
Savoury snacks and hearty meals of the Franconian cuisine

Domina

Best newly bred Franconian black grape variety with an international potential

Breeder:
Prof. Dr. Allewelt, Geilweilerhof (Germany)

Crossing:
Portugieser x Spätburgunder

Area of cultivation:
Approx. 5 % in Franconia, increasing

Yield:
High to very high, reliable

Ripening season:
Early October

Wine quality:
Quality wine with distinction

Wine characteristics:
Rich in pigments, wooden-barrel-friendly, strong, mellow, with a pleasant tannin note

Longevity:
Very high, long storage recommended

Best paired with:
Game, roast beef, pizza

Bacchus

Origin:
Federal Research Institute, Geilweilerhof

Breeder:
Prof. Dr. Allewelt

Crossing:
Silvaner x Riesling x Müller-Thurgau. Relatively new variety, grown since the late 1960s. Named after Bacchus, the Roman god of wine.

Area of cultivation:
Approx. 10 % in Franconia

Ripening season:
Late September

Requirements:
Does not place very high demands on location and soil.

Winter frost hardiness:
High

Wine characteristics:
Fruity, elegant, harmonious wine with an animating flavour. Bacchus is an early developer, meaning this wine’s quality is best when it is young.

Best paired with:
Veal, lamb and poultry, various cheeses

Blauer Portugieser

Origin:
Hungary, Balkans
Very old black variety (approx. 1500 years)

Ripening season:
Early to mid-October

Yield:
Very high, 90 hectolitres/hectare

Wine characteristics:
Brick-red colour, delicate acidity, pleasant tannin note, suitable for making rosé wine

Longevity:
Very high, storable for years

Winter frost hardiness:
Sensitive

Area of cultivation:
Medium-size, approx. 80 hectares in Franconia

Best paired with:
Summer wine for light meals, various cheeses

Scheurebe

A speciality for connoisseurs and gourmets

Breeder:
Dr. Georg Scheu, Alzey (Germany), 1916

Crossing:
Riesling x Silvaner

Area of cultivation:
Approx. 4 % in Franconia

Yield:
High, approx. 80 hectolitres/hectare

Ripening season:
Late October

Wine quality:
Quality wine with distinction

Wine characteristics:
Elegant bouquet, note of currant, finely spicy, characterful wine

Longevity:
Very high, optimal quality for many years

Requirements:
Places high demands on location, climate, soil and winegrower.

Best paired with:
Pork fillet, soufflés, cheeses

Riesling

Riesling – King of the Wines

Origin:
Wild grape (Vitis vinifera silvestris), approx. 2000 years old, one of the oldest varieties

Area of cultivation:
Approx. 3.5 % in Franconia

Yield:
High, 70 - 85 hectolitres/hectare, reliable

Ripening season:
Late October

Wine quality:
Quality wine with/without distinction to “selected & dried berries” (Trockenbeerenauslese)

Wine characteristics:
Spicy, elegant, fruity, acidic, note of peach

Longevity:
Very high, long development process, optimal age for consumption: 5 - 8 years

Requirements:
Best southern and western sites, ample sunshine

Top vintages in the past century:
1911, 1921, 1937, 1947, 1953, 1959, 1971, 1976, 1993

Best paired with:
Franconian Wedding Dinner (beef, noodles, horseradish sauce), all fish dishes, certain desserts

Ruländer = Grauer Burgunder (Pinot Gris)

A wine for all those in the “prime of life”

Named after Johann Ruland, a merchant from Speyer (Germany)

Origin:
Burgundy (France), grown in Germany since 1711

Descent:
Mutation of the Burgundy variety

Area of cultivation:
Small, approx. 2 % in Franconia, increasing

Yield:
Medium to high, approx. 70 hectolitres/hectare, demanding variety

Ripening season:
Mid to late October

Longevity:
Very high, wooden-barrel-friendly, storable for many years

Requirements:
Places high demands on location and climate, needs deep soil.

Wine quality:
Dry specialities, quality wine with distinction to “selected berries” (Beerenauslese)

Wine characteristics:
Expressive bouquet, full-bodied, lasting, marked acidity

Best paired with:
Beef fillet, schnitzel cordon bleu, game and fish

Müller-Thurgau

Müller-Thurgau (Rivaner) – a wine popular with all age groups

Breeder:
Prof. Dr. H. Müller (Switzerland), 1882

Place of breeding:
Geisenheim (Germany)

Crossing:
Riesling x Gutedel

Area of cultivation:
Approx. 50 % in Franconia, slightly decreasing

Yield:
Consistently high, 90 hectolitres/hectare

Ripening season:
Late September

Wine quality:
Quality wine with distinction

Wine characteristics:
Fine note of nutmeg, delicate acidity, full-flavoured, vinous

Longevity:
Limited, 2 - 3 years

Best paired with:
Poultry, asparagus, fish

Küchenmeister Hut

  • Shelter for walkers and winegrowers
  • Venue for wine tastings in the middle of the vineyards
  • Meeting-place for wine-related events (regular meetings, presentations, wine walks)

Location: Centrally located in the vineyard site Rödelseer Küchenmeister
Opened: May 2000
Owner: Rödelsee Winegrowers’ Association

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