The red grape variety comes from Hungary. The name literally means "Dohlenentraube", whereby "Dohle" (the black bird) refers to the coloring of the almost black berries. Synonyms are Blue Kleinhungar ( Austria ); Magyarka Neagra ( Romania ); Csóka, Csóka Szölö, Fekete Magyarka, Kék Elbai, Rácfekete, Vadfekete ( Hungary ). It was often confused with the no longer cultivated variety Cigányszölö (Gypsy grape).
The medium-maturing vine is resistant to Botrytis but vulnerable to both mildews, It produces colorful, spicy, fruity red wines with high alcohol but low acidity, as well as gentle tannins. The variety was once widespread in the Carpathian basin. The endangered vine is now grown again by a few producers and is, for example, in the fields Balatonmelléke. Eger and Villány authorized. In 2010, a cultivated area of two hectares was designated (Kym Anderson ).
Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images : Ursula Brühl, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), Federal Research Center for Cultivated Plants,
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