Austria

Grape Types

Blaufrankisch (aka Lemberger) is a black-skinned grape grown across Europe but most significantly in Austria and Hungary, Tiny quantities are also grown in the United States, most notably in New York's Finger Lakes but also in various parts of Washington (the Rattlesnake Hills, Horse Heaven Hills, Yakima Valley), and such far-flung states as California, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Colorado. The common feature in Blaufrankisch wines from all of these places is a fruit-forward profile with aromas of spiced black cherries.

In Austria, Blaufrankisch is the second most popular red-wine variety behind Zweigelt – a crossing of Blaufrankisch with Austria's other signature red variety, Saint-Laurent. It is grown in almost every Austrian wine region to some extent, but its stronghold is unquestionably Burgenland where approximately 2632 hectares (6504 acres) were cultivated in 2015.