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Rotberger grapes

by | Feb 22, 2017

Rotberger is considered as a very famous red wine grape that hails from the regions of Germany.


The parentage of this grape variety is still in an utter confusion. However, it is believed that this red wine grape variety is the result of the cross that has been performed in between the grape varieties of Riesling as well as Trollinger, also termed as Schiava Grossa.

If taken this cross into regard, this red wine grape variety could be considered as a sibling of the more popular grape variety called Kerner.

This cross was performed by a famous wine expert and breeder Dr. Heinrich Birk. This red wine grape variety is used as to the preparation of the red wines that are considered to be fruity in nature.

The vines of this red wine grape variety entertain an early maturing and they perform really well in the climates that are cool.

Interestingly, the name of this red wine grape variety is similar to another grape variety called as Rotburger.

However, both these grape varieties are very different from each-other. This red wine grape variety was developed at a very similar time with the Rotburger, also known as Zweigelt.

Wine grape varieties

The latter grape variety has gone on to claim itself as one of the most talked-about grape varieties of the regions of Austria.

Today the plantation and cultivation of this red wine grape variety are carried out in very small quantities in the regions of Austria, Germany as well as Liechtenstein.

Unfortunately, this red wine grape variety failed to attract people in terms of its popularity and it has not yet reached the target heights of its game as its namesake.

Having said this, the wines prepared out of this red wine grape variety are still very much preferred by the locals.

Today, this red wine grape variety is abundantly diffused in the regions that include the Trentino-South Tyrol region.

Also, the key regions of Germany, where the plantation and cultivation of this red wine grape variety is carried out primarily include the regions of Ahr, Baden as well as Wurttemberg. This red wine grape variety is also known under the synonym of Geisenheim 3-37.

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As already stated this red wine grape variety is the crossing resulted in between the red wine grape varieties of Riesling as well as Trollinger.

This breeding was performed in the late 1920s by a famous breeder Heinrich Birk, who produced this cross at the Geisenheim Grape Breeding Institute particularly in the year 1928.

Wines with Rotberger grapes


This red wine grape variety shares a number of characteristics that are similar to its parent, Trollinger.

The grapes are very rich as to their fragrance. Just like its parent, the vines of this red wine grape variety are considered as very much susceptible to powdery mildew, but at the same time they also share a good resistance to frost. These wines perform really well in the cooler climates.

The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are very attractive as to its appearance as they possess a ruby red color when poured into the class.

According to the wine experts, this red wine grape variety dances in the glass with a hue of dark rose petal.

Characteristics of Rotberger Wine

The aromas that are exhibited out of this red wine grape variety are very penetrating to the nose and they often exhibit the aromas of raspberry, spice as well as currant notes.

These wines are full of the flavors similar to spiced cherries as well as cranberries with a very lively finish that ends up making the wines very pleasure-some for the taste buds of the wine lovers.

All the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety entertain ample of flavors and they are full and firm as to their texture. These wines taste their best when they are served chilled.

Food pairing

The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are paired best with the food items such as cold roast beans with chutney, burgers with a spicy tomato sauce as well as barbecued eggplant with paprika rub.


Michael Bredahl

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