This grape variety is referred to as the most widespread variety of grape in the regions of the Czech Republic, where it is mainly found planted in the regions of Bohemia as well as Moravia.
In fact, the whole Czech Republic area comprises of about 9 percent vineyards that are full of this grape variety.
At the same time, this red wine grape variety is also considered as the third most famous variety of the red wine grapes in the regions of Austria and is mainly planted as well as cultivated in the Lower Australia and Burgenland.
As of the year 2008, the plantations of the vines of this red wine grape variety stood at an area of 794 hectares. This red wine grape variety has notably expanded itself in the regions of Austria.
This red wine grape variety is considered as a parent of a number of grape varieties. To list them, a few of these grape varieties are Zweigelt, Andre, Neronet, Rondo and many others.
This red wine grape variety is referred to as a highly aromatic variety of grape that is one of the favorite and the most planted grape varieties in the entire region of central Europe.
Apart from the regions of Austria and Czech Republic, this red wine grape variety is also planted at large in the regions of Germany.
In fact, because of the high recognition and success of this red wine grape variety in the region of Pfalz in Germany and various other parts of Austria, this red wine grape variety is on a very high rise and therefore more and more plantations of the vines of this red wine grape variety are carried out at large.
This grape variety is referred to as a very obscure variety of grape that shows the best of all its properties in the cooler wine growing regions of the New World.
Thus, considering that, this red wine grape variety is also starting to experiment itself in the cooler regions of Canada as well as New Zealand.
This red wine grape variety was once considered to be entertaining a relationship with Pinot Noir. However, some of the DNA profiling carried out on both these grapes suggested confusion in regard to the relationship of this grape variety with the latter.
Today, this red wine grape variety is referred to under a number of synonyms such as Sant Lorenz, Vavrinak, Blauer Saint Laurent, Chvartser, Luarenztraube, Laurezitraube, Sankt Laurent and many others.
No confirmed records have been established as to the origin of this red wine grape variety as of now.
However, it is considered that this variety of grape was brought to the region of central Europe in the 19th century, when the German viticulture pioneer and pharmacist, Johann Philipp imported this variety of grape from France to Germany. Thereafter, this grape variety extended its plantations to other numerous regions.
The wines of this red wine grape variety are considered to be dark purple in terms of their color and appearance.
These wines come in a silky and a dark cherry like flavor. The taste of these red wines is similar to the flavors of smoke, blackberries as well as spices.
The wines so prepared out of this red wine grape variety are mostly matured in the oaks and they entertain a good ability of ageing.
These wines are best tasted when they are sipped in their mature state. The level of tannins present in these wines is lower and these wines come along in a velvety smoothness. This grape is used as to the production of rose as well as red sparkling wines.
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