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The red variety comes from Slovenia or the old one Austria, There are around 100 Synonyms which indicate old age and (formerly) widespread use. Some of them are Bettlertraube, Blauer Hainer, Blauer Kölner, Bleu de Cologne, Coarse Black, Kapcina, Kavčina Crna, Kölner Blau, Kölni Kék, Modra Kavčina, Plava Velica, Žametasta Črnina and Žametna Črnina. In an ampelographischen work of 1820 is an extension in the Austrian Styria documented documentary, at which time, today's Slovenia was one of the Habsburg Empire. But today she does not play any role in Austria anymore. In the vine museum of the winery Leth Franz (Fels am Wagram, Lower Austria) are a few vines under the name beggar grape. There were also colored ones mutations,

Žametovka - grape and leaf

The late-ripening vine is sensitive to frost, It produces an acidic red wine, which is mainly used as a blend. The variety is cultivated in Slovenia in the regions of Podravje around the town of Maribor and Posavje in the Dolenjska area. There it is part of the PTP red wines cviček and Metliska Crnina, She is also called table grape and Zierrebe used. The acreage in 2010 was 913 hectares.

On a house facade in Maribor (Marburg) on ​​the banks of the Drau grows the famous "Stara Trta" (Old grapevine). Every year, up to 50 kilograms of grapes are solemnly harvested and fermented to a wine, which is filled in about a hundred artistically designed quarter liter bottles and is gladly presented as a gift during state visits. According to Guiness book of Records It is about 450 years to the oldest grapevine in the world, but there are also other candidates (see in detail under Old Vines ).

Pictures: Ursula Bruehl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)

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