The red grape variety comes from Slovenia or the old one Austria, There are around 100 Synonyms that indicate old age and (earlier) widespread use. Some of them are Beggar Grape, Blauer Hainer, Blauer Kölner, Bleu de Cologne, Grobschwarze, Kapcina, Kavčina Crna, Kölner Blau, Kölni Kék, Modra Kavčina, Plava Velica, Žametasta Črnina and Žametna Črnina. In an ampelographic work from 1820 there is an extension in the Austrian Styria Documentary evidence, at which time today's Slovenia was also part of the Habsburg Empire. Today, however, it no longer plays a role in Austria. In the vine museum of the winery Leth Franz (Fels am Wagram, Lower Austria) there are a few vines under the name beggar grape. There were also color ones mutations,
The late ripening vine is sensitive to frost, It produces an acidic red wine that is mainly used as a blend. The variety is cultivated in Slovenia in the Podravje regions around the city of Maribor and Posavje in the Dolenjska area. There it is part of the PTP red wines cviček and Metliska Crnina, It is also called table grape and Zierrebe used. The acreage in 2010 was 913 hectares.
The famous "Stara Trta" (old vine) grows on a house facade in Maribor (Marburg) on the banks of the Drau. Every year, up to 50 kilograms of grapes are ceremoniously harvested and fermented into a wine, which is filled into around a hundred artistically designed quarter-liter bottles and is often given as a gift during state visits. According to the Guinness Book of Records At around 450 years old, it is the oldest vine in the world, but there are also other candidates (see the details under Old Vines ).
Images: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)