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The red grape variety comes from Germany, Synonyms according to are: Blue Franciscus, Blue Hartwegstraube, Blauer Hängling, Corthum, Corthumtraube, Frankentrau, Hartwegstraube, Häusler, Karmazin, Karmazyn, Süßroth, Vicsanka and Viesanka. In spite of apparently indicative synonyms, it may not be of the variety Blue hangman (Blue Hartwegstraube, franc grape) can be confused. According to in 2015 DNA analysis it comes from a presumably natural cross between Gouais Blanc (Heunisch) x Süßschwarz,

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The variety has been growing since the 16th century Tauber (Baden-Württemberg) grown, which also explains the first part of the name. It was first mentioned in 1726 in a decree of the Hochstift Würzburg, It was mostly practiced in those days mixed sentence with the varieties Elbling, Austrian ( Sylvaner ) and Trollinger ( Schiava Grossa ) grown. The vines were cleared from the 1950s. The variety was considered extinct until 1959, before you came across 400 remaining vines in a vineyard in Wermutshausen-Ebertsbronn. In the mid-1960s was at the winegrowing institute vineyard tries to revive the variety. It has been officially registered since 1996, in 2009 it occupied 14 hectares of vineyards, nine of them in Wuerttemberg,

The variety Tauberschwarz was created by the association Slow food added as a "passenger" of the "ark of taste". It is therefore one of the excellent foods that are worth protecting and preserving from the risks posed by industrial agriculture and the food industry.

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