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The white grape variety most likely comes from Austria. Synonyms grouped alphabetically by country are Cimarossa; Rothgipfler Blanc ( France ); Slatki Zelenac, Zelenac Slatki, Zelenac Slatki Bijela ( Croatia ); Coarse ripening, green ripening, raifler, ripening, Rothgipfler, red ripening, red ripening, red streaking, white ripening, white red ripening ( Austria ); Slatzki Zelenac ( Slovakia ); Vöröshegyi, Vöröshegyü, Vörösrangii ( Hungary ). The name derives from the bronze-red tips of the shoots from; this property also applies to other grape varieties.

Rotgipfler - grape and leaf

According to Dr. Ferdinand Regner in Klosterneuburg DNA analysis it is probably a natural one crossing between Traminer (Savagnin Blanc) x Red Veltliner, Genes of are therefore also about the mother variety Pinot available. Incidentally, the autochthonous Austrian variety also has Zierfandler the same lineage. The probably very old variety was first mentioned in 1840 in Austrian Styria. It was a crossing partner of the new breed Frühgipfler,

The medium to late ripening, productive vine is sensitive to frost, prone to Botrytis and real ones mildew, and especially for downy mildew. It produces white wines rich in extract and alcohol, golden yellow in color with aromas of peach and apricot and pleasant acidity. The variety is almost exclusively in the wine-growing region Thermenregion (Lower Austria) grown. The acreage in 2009 was 105 hectares. There she is mainly a partner of the Zierfandler in the local special cuvée Spätrot-Rotgipfler used. In smaller quantities, Rotgipfler is also in Germany (Baden, Württemberg), in France (Alsace), as well as in Hungary. Croatia and Slovenia represented.

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)

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