A relative newcomer, bred in 1955, Dornfelder is already considered a German red wine classic and has been in great demand for years. Originally developed for use as a blending wine to add color to pale red wines, it is a crossing of Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe.

From small beginnings in the mid-1970s - until then, there were only about 100 hectacres of Dornfelder - it began to take off and now covers some 8,000 hectacres or 8% of Germany's total vineyard area; second only to Spätburgunder. Dornfelder was particularly well received by growers in the Pfalz and Rheinhessen, but is also cultivated in most other regions.


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