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probably Thermenregion, Austria


Natural crossing of Traminer x Roter Veltliner

Vineyard area

119 ha, 0.3%

A picture shows grapes from the grape variety Rotgipfler
© AWMB / Oberleitner

Parentage: Natural crossing of Traminer and Roter Veltliner.

Vineyard area: Found almost solely in the Thermenregion. Its cultivation is decreasing.

Important ampelographic features:
Leaf: medium-sized; circular; five to seven lobes; veins are red; deeply lobed. A key characteristic: reddish-bronze vine shoots (thus the name Rotgipfler)
Grape cluster: medium to large; very compact juicy berries; conical; greenish yellow colour.

Ripening time: mid to late season

Significance, conditions: Only in the Thermenregion can appropriate growing conditions with respect to climate and soil be found. Warm south-facing vineyard sites with good calcareous-based soils are necessary, otherwise shoot growth diminishes significantly. Good vigorous sites bring consistently high yields.

Wine: With strict yield control, the wine shows a high extract content, pleasant acidity and a fine bouquet. It tends to age slowly and is mostly produced as a single-varietal wine, but also blended with the variety Zierfandler.


Autochthonous Varieties