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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  • GREGT said it all. PN's start at $30 from Oregon and under $10, they are a ... even if it is bubbly, also a Dornfelder, even a Petite Syrah. Same issue for whites; try a Gruner Veltliner or even a Vio Verde,Bon Appet Read More

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  • Hello fellow wine lovers! I am new to the snooth community, but am finding this platform to be a great place to research wines, as well as read helpful reviews. As an avid wine drinker, I am always interested in hearing other people's wine reviews, and I was wondering if some would help me with my search.  This year, my wife and I are hosting th... Read More

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  • Oxl Rheinhessen Off Dry Dornfelder 2013


    A Tasting Room Quarterly selection. Too young, too fruity, and too sweet for my ... it does not seem to be the Dornfelder grape, since that seems to have potential, but this bit from Wiki makes sense to me:'...Early in its history, German producers would use Dornfelder to make Beaujolais nouveau style wine using carbonic maceration to make a l... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Yes, I knew that answer, so I DQ'ed myself.  I forgot the picture of ... ... But who the heck grows Dornfelder?  Oh, wait, it's the Loosen Bros of Germany.  Funn Read More

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  • Hello all, Interested to know what your favorite bottle or label designs are on a wine. Thinking a little outside the box here, not just pretty and aesthetically pleasing but pushing the boundaries of what is 'expected' for a wine. Here's my list:Wine & Design: 25 Incredibly Creative Wine Bottle Designs  Read More

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  • 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


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    Wine review by henne

  • 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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