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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Dornfelder on Snooth

  • Villa Wolf Dornfelder 2012


    Deep red ruby burgundy color, thick, velvety, and viscous. Intense unctuous ...-dornfelder Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Gill S Pier Vineyard & Winery Just Unleashed 2012


    Decent Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Deutschland Pfalz Hammel Dornfelder Rotwein Qualitatswein Gutsabfullung Halbtrocken 2005


    LOVE this wine! My absolute favorite! Read More

    Wine review by Tonysgirl

  • I received a German bottle of Louis Guntrum - Dornfelder Dry/2011  from the Rheinhessen area of Germany.  The description indicates that it's "soft and velvety, impressive fruit flavours, balanced."  This wine is much more than that.  It's clearly a wine that will make you salivate in a good way.  High alcohol 12.5 and garnet red... Read More

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  • Gaudenz Trocken 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by henne

  • Loosen Up Loosen Bros. Dornfelder 2011


    A tad on the sweet and syrupy side, with bright red cherries and some cotton candy. Medium to light body and medium to short finish. Reminds me a bit of a Nouveau Beaujolais but not as good. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Fritz Windisch Dornfelder Heimersheimer Rotenfels 2011


    Very sweet and full wine. My wife does not usually like red wines but drank a whole bottle to herself one day. That made me happy to find a wine she likes. Read More

    Wine review by jayburna688

  • Creation 3 Tenors Ta Dornfelder 2007


    I love the taste., Read More

    Wine review by Smooth lady

  • Took me a minute to figure your notes VinoVino...sounds like a nice evening of ... ... of bold. I had my first Dornfelder the other wife and I were at our neighbors Friday night, they of very casual wine drinking (they drink yellowtail frequently). They have one of those open, wooden wine storage cabinets that allow for passive hor... Read More

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  • Blue Fish Sweet Reel Red 2010


    An interesting and unexpected red in two ways. As dark as the colour is, the flavour is refreshingly light. Otherly, the wine washes across the roof of the mouth to deposit the taste rather than the tongue. What this means entirely, I'm not sure, but will declare this a unique characteristic. It's neither dry nor wet, settling perhaps somewh... Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis

  • 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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