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This grape variety name dates from the early Middle Ages and does not name a single variety, but a group. It is about a designation of origin, allegedly down to the Frankish king Charlemagne (742-814) goes back. After the conquest of Gaul, the Franks have brought the "nobler" varieties from today's France to Germany and later called "Frankish". The first explicitly mentioned were Moreillon ( Pinot 1283, Traminer (Savagnin Blanc) 1349 and Riesling 1435. In addition, the old varieties count Elbling. Orleans and Sylvaner to. Together with the Heun varieties, the Frankish are the most important gene pool of many of today's European standard vines.

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