Dornfelder

Dornfelder vine at the end of spring
Dornfelder vine at the end of spring

First grown in the neighboring wine region of Württemberg, Dornfelder is the most common red wine in the Palatinate. Due to its bright-red color this wine was developed to be mixed with other red wines, for example the Portugieser red wine, to intensify their color. However, the wine variety received international recognition through an outstanding Dornfelder vintage in 1956. Since then Dornfelder pursues its own path covering about 13 percent of the region’s vineyards.

Often characterized as having a Southern European flair, this velvety red wine fits well with roasted meals and aromatic cheese. As a rich wine its flavor reminds of sour cherries, blackberries or peppers. Dornfelder is offered with various quality levels. When matured in a wooden barrel, the wine develops a rich flavor. It is no surprise that Palatine Dornfelder wines are regularly awarded with international prizes.