Lemberger

For years there has been a gradual increase in the vineyard area devoted to this varietal. A specialty of Württemberg, it achieves top quality in good sites. The official designation is Blauer Limberger, but the synonyms Lemberger and Blaufränkisch are permitted in Germany. The late-ripening Lemberger grape probably traces its origins to the lower Danube valley.

Lemberger has enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years as evidenced by its growing vineyard area. In the 1980s, there were only about 400-500 hectacres of plantings. In 2010, statistics showed more than 1,750 hectacres. It is cultivated almost exclusively in Württemberg, where it accounts for more than 14% of the region's vineyard area.

 

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