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Dornfelder is a dark-skinned variety of grape of German origin used for red wine. It was created by August Herold (1902–1973) at the grape breeding institute in Weinsberg in the Württemberg region in 1955. Herold crossed the grape varieties Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe, the latter which bears his name, to create Dornfelder. Helfensteiner (Frühburgunder / Pinot Noir Précoce × Trollinger/Schiava Grossa) and Heroldrebe (Blauer Portugieser × Blaufränkisch/Lemberger) were both crosses created some decades earlier by Herold. Dornfelder received varietal protection and was released for cultivation in 1979. It was named in honor of Immanuel August Ludwig Dornfeld (1796–1869), a senior civil servant who was instrumental in creating the viticultural school in Weinsberg

UK Area in production 2015: 

20.003 Hectares

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Northernmost Vineyard Growing Dornfelder in UK & Eire


Winbirri Vineyard

Norwich NR14 7DE
Phone: 07595 89484
52° 36' 15.1488" N

Largest Vineyard Growing Dornfelder in UK & Eire

Bolney Wine Estate

Haywards Heath RH17 5NB
Phone: 01444-881575
West Sussex

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