Name of varietal: Dornfelder

Common synonyms: none

Parentage of the grape: Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe

History of the grape: Dornfelder was created in 1955 by German oenologist August Herold at the Weinsberg wine institute in Wurttemberg, Germany. Its parent grapes also have grandparents: Helfensteiner is a cross between Fruhrburgunder and Trollinger, and Heroldrebe is a cross between Portugieser and Lemberger. The name is in homage to the school’s founder, August Ludwig Dornfeld (1796-1869). It was originally cultivated to add color and body to weak red wines. However, it was found to create full flavored and structured wines on its own, and is now celebrated for its single varietal releases and is one of the most widely planted red grapes in Germany.

Characteristics of the grape: dark-skinned, full-bodied, medium tannins and acidity, dark cherry, blackberry, elderberry, plums, slightly floral.

Regions where the grape is currently important: Germany, particularly Pfalz and Rheinhessen Read more »

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  • Denbies Zig Zag Red NV


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 on a recent visit to Denbies The name Zig ... of the blend is made up of dornfelder,another hybrid grape created for similar reasons in 1955 in Germany and now the most popular red grape in that country although it is also used in the UK.19% of the blend is regent another hybrid grape created in Germany in 1... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • I spent my first afternoon in Pfalz strolling through the quaint village of ... anywhere else in Germany. Dornfelder, Müller-Thurgau, Spätburgunder, Grauburgunder, Portugieser, Weißburgunder, Kerner, Gewürztraminer, and Chardonnay are all seen in portfolios throughout Pfalz. Sadly, not many of these varietals make it to the United States, maki... Read More

    From the article The Must-Visit Wine Region Full of Surprises

  • Sometimes overlooked for its larger and better-known neighbors, the Nahe is ... 8%, and Silvaner 5%.  Dornfelder is the most planted red grape in the region with 10% of hectares followed by Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) with 7%.  Lesser-known varieties like the aromatically charming Pinot Madeline are also thriving in the region.“Although vines h... Read More

    From the article The German Wine Region You've Probably Overlooked

  • Dornfelder is a real one. Read More

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  • Hi, My name is Chris Cooper from New York and I'm a little new to Wine. I just joined a Wine Club and Order 12 bottles of Wine.  I drink wine on  major holidays. I joined this Snooth Forum to learn more about wine and get a better idea of all the different variety's of wine there is out there. If anyone knows  any recommendations of red wine tha... Read More

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  • Weinland Königsbach Neustadt Deidesheimer Hofstück Dornfelder Weissherbst Pfalz 2015


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  • Weingut Fritz Windisch Heimersheimer Rotenfels Dornfelder 2013


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  • Carl Reh Dornfelder Sweet Germany Pfalz Red


    sweet , smooth, just what i was looking for Read More

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  • Mr.E - 36 attendees, 4 servers, 3 cooking = 42 total people here in my backyard ... ... easily 2. Cambiata Dornfelder  Made in the SLH region it was GREAT - however, it should be noted that it's application was different - We drizzled it over rhubarb coffee cake & French vanilla ice cream with side 3oz wine glass of it of the side so the taste... Read More

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  • OMG, I had my first taste of Red Dornfelder Lieblich (2009), and in all my 30 yrs of loveing red wines, this is by far most the best. This bottlle was a gift from a friend who had recently taken a trip to Germany. I would love to purchase more, so I will seek the web to get it hopefully by the case. Shariz, is my main choice of reds, so this Red...

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