Blaufränkisch (Kékfrankos, Lemberger)
Blaufränkisch, also known as Kékfrankos and Lemberger, is a red grape varietal with medium to full-bodied wines, showcasing flavors of dark fruits, spices, and a characteristic acidity, reflecting its Central European heritage
Varietal origin: Blaufränkisch is believed to have originated in Austria, specifically in the Burgenland region. It is also widely grown in Hungary, where it is known as Kékfrankos. In some regions, such as Germany, it is referred to as Lemberger, although it is not related to the Riesling grape, which is also known as Lemberger in some parts of the world.
Typical taste profiles: Blaufränkisch wines are known for their medium to full-bodied character, with moderate tannins and flavors of dark fruits such as blackberry, black cherry, and plum. They may also exhibit notes of spices, herbs, and pepper, with a characteristic acidity that adds freshness to the wines.
Regional styles: Blaufränkisch is used to produce red wines in Austria, Hungary, and other Central European countries. In Austria, it is often used to produce single varietal wines that showcase its unique flavor profile, while in Hungary, it is commonly used as a blending grape. Blaufränkisch wines can vary in style depending on the winemaking techniques used, with some producers opting for a more traditional, rustic style, and others focusing on a more modern, elegant expression.