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The red grape variety (also Andrea, Semenac A 16-76) is a new breed between Blaufränkisch x St. Laurent, You must not use the table grape Andre be confused. The crossing took place in 1960 by Jaroslav Horák in Velke Pavlovice in the Czechoslovakia, It was named in honor of the natural scientist Christian Carl André (1763-1831), the founder of the Association for the Promotion of Fruit and Vine Growing in Brno. The variety protection was issued in 1980. With the same parents (but vice versa crossing direction ) is also the variety Zweigelt emerged. André was subsequently a crossing partner for the new varieties Agni and Rubinet,

André - grape and leaf

The early ripening, productive vine is resistant to Botrytis and wintry frost, The thick-skinned berries produce full-bodied, astringent Red wines with blackberry aroma that are good for Barrique suitable. The variety is in Czech Republic mainly cultivated in Moravia; the acreage covers 261 hectares. In the Slovakia it is cultivated on 211 hectares. There is also a small inventory in Germany in the growing area Saale-Unstrut with 5 hectares. The variety occupied a total of 477 hectares of vineyards in 2010 (Kym Anderson ).

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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