Where is Blaufränkisch grown, exactly? Austria – clearly! In Germany? Yes, only there it goes by the name Lemberger. What about the countries of the former Habsburg monarchy – Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, the Czech Republic & Slovenia? The Blaufränker is also native to those lands, where it is called Kékfrankos (Hungary), Modre Frankinja (Slovenia), Frankovka Modrá (Slovakia & the Czech Republic) or Frankovka (Romania). But who would have thought that Blaufränkisch is also cultivated in the USA? For example, in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Mister Blaufränkisch is truly a well-travelled citizen of Central Europe!
No wonder then, that we are delighted to be on hand every two years for the tasting United by Blaufränkisch at VieVinum in Vienna. It’s like a big Blaufränkisch class reunion, where some sixty Blaufränkisch producers from all over the world get together to present their best wine in three contrasting vintages. Because this sort of get-together serves to further animate the discussion about the grape variety, connects those growers who grow it and thus creates a wider audience for this particular variety, one that grows well on such diverse terroirs, and expresses itself so well in so many different variants.
We were in attendance this year with our Blaufränkisch Szapary, from the vintages 2011, 2012 & 2015. The vineyard site Szapary is indeed our steepest and thus the most difficult to cultivate on the Eisenberg, but the warm, permeable slate soil of this location determines the wine’s character: that Blaufränkisch from this site presents itself as profound, elegant and almost feminine. The palate features mineral notes and a salty, spicy finish – a magnificent example of Blaufränkisch from the Eisenberg.
If you are interested, here you can see the pdf of the tasting booklet from United by Blaufränkisch 2018.
And anyone who now (rightly) fancies a Blaufränkisch Szapary can find the 2015 vintage available here from our web shop.