Regional Varieties: Baga Barbera Blaufränkisch Brachetto Carignan Carménère Cinsaut Dolcetto Gamay Graciano Lagrein Malvasia Nera Marzemino Montepulciano Mourvèdre Nero d'Avola Petit Verdot Petite Sirah Pinot Meunier Pinotage Touriga Nacional
An Austrian grape, Blaufränkisch originated in Limberg, but it has now spread across all of central Europe, with plantings in Czecholoslovakia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, and Hungary. It was at one point thought to be closely related to Gamay, but that has since been disproven. As a wine, it has medium tannin levels, is spicy and sometimes acidic, and has flavors of dark cherries and berries. These wines often age well, becoming velvety and complex with years of cellaring.