Synonyms: Lemberger, Limberger, Kekfrankos
Origin: Its origins are not really clear. While the name Blaufränkisch hints that the grape could come from Franken, this variety is actually known in Germany as Lemberger, and there is no trace of it in Franken itself! But there is a chance that the grape hails from France, dating to the time of Charlemagne. Back then, noble French wine varieties were known as "fränkisch", while not-so-nice ones were called "hunnisch".
Vineyards: 3.221 Hectare (or 7,0%)
Characteristic: Blaufränkisch prefers deep, loamy soils, such as those found in Mittelburgenland, or
Middle Burgenland, where the variety thrives. Just as with Zweigelt, the key to high quality
Blaufränkisch is yield limitation. This variety tolerates chalky soil, but doesn´t require it.
And it grows best in warm southerly-exposed sites with wind protection. It is a late-ripening
grape, and strongly fungi-resistant as well.
Blaufränkisch often has a distinctive, fruity taste, showing mainly dark ripe cherry and dark
berry notes. But there is also a touch of piquant spiciness. With a sometimes animated
acidity, Blaufränkisch wines can be multilayered and concentrated - very nice for laying
down. The variety is ideal for maturing in barriques. And in the bottle, it is impressive either
as a single varietal or as a partner in a cuvée blend - and not only with other Austrian red
varieties, but international ones as well. Blaufränkisch is at home throughout all of the
wine-growing areas of Burgenland and in Carnuntum (Lower Austria).
Recommendation: An ideal table wine that goes with almost every dish, perfect with pasta and dark meat. Drinking temperature 16 to 18 °C.