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Cabernet Gernischt

The red variety comes from China - at least under this name. She was dating in 1892 France introduced and cultivated on the historic winery Chang Yu. To use the name is in China between the wineries Yantai Changyu (today's name) and Hua Xia Winery as well as other companies a violent lawsuit flared up. At the end of 2005, the case went to arbitration. Yantai Changyu Winery has used the brand name since 1930, registered it in 2002 under trademark law and claims it exclusively for him. The other Chinese wineries say that Cabernet Gernischt can not be a trademark. Anyhow, from the winery Château Changyu Castle (joint venture between Yantai Changyu Winery and Castel Frères ) since 2004, among other wines of the variety exported to the US.

The strange name was created by an orthographic error. For a long time, among other things, it was suspected that the variety was from a cross Cabernet Sauvignon x Cabernet Franc was born and therefore the German name "Cabernet mixed" received. The German name part may be explained by the fact that at the founding of Chang Yu in 1892 the Austrian Baron Max von Babo (1862-1933) worked as a cellar master. Further guesses were that the variety was identical to Cabernet Franc or Carmenère. The mystery was finally done in 2013 DNA analysis clarified, it is the sort Carmenère (direct descendant of Cabernet Franc). The variety is also called Cabernet Gernicht, Cabernet Gernischet or (which is the simplest for Chinese tongues) Cabernet Shelongzhu (Cabernet snake pearl) in China.

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