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Flashcards in Franken Deck (16):


Bereiche: Mainviereck, Maindreieck, Steigerwald

Mainviereck: Heiligenthal, Reuschberg

Maindreieck: Burg, Engelsberg, Ewig Leben, Hofrat, Honigberg, Kirchberg, Marienberg, Markgraf Babenberg, Ölspiel, Ravensburg, Rosstal, Teufelstor

Steigerwald: Schild, Zabelstein, Schlossstück, Herrenberg, Burgberg, Schlossberg, Steige, Burgweg, Kapellenberg

Major Villages (Mainviereck): Bürgstadt, Miltenberg, Marktheidenfeld, Erlenbach

Major Villages (Maindreieck): Karlstadt, Thüngersheim, Würzburg, Randersacker, Sommerhausen, Frickenhausen, Escherndorf, Volkach, Nordheim, Fahr

Major Villages (Steigerwald): Rödelsee, Iphofen, Castell, Wiesenbronn

Total Hectares Under Vine: 6,125 ha (Source: Statistisches Bundesamt, 2013)

Principal Grape Varieties:
Red Grapes (19%)
- Spätburgunder: 251 ha
White Grapes (81%)
- Müller Thurgau: 1,718 ha
- Silvaner: 1,406 ha
- Bacchus: 730 ha

Leading Producers: Rudolf Fürst (Burgstadt), Horst Sauer (Escherndorf), Hans Wirsching (Iphofen), Juliusspital Würzburg (Würzburg), Castell'sches Domänenamt (Castell)


Franken: Riesling

Kabinett: 78 Oshlse
Spatlese: 87
Auslese: 100
BA/ Eiswein: 125
TBA: 150


Franken: Silvaner

Kabinett: 78 Oschlse
Spatlese: 87
Auslese: 100
BA/ Eiswein: 125
TBA: 150


Franken: All Other White Grapes

Kabinett: 80 Oschlse
Spatlese: 90
Auslese: 100
BA/ Eiswein: 125
TBA: 150


Franken: Red Grapes (for rose)

Kabinett: 80 Oschlse
Spatlese: 90
Auslese: 100
BA/ Eiswein: 125
TBA: 150


Franken: Red Grapes (for red wines)

Kabinett: 85 Oschlse
Spatlese: 90
Auslese: 100
BA/ Eiswein: 125
TBA: 150



Franken or Franconia lies due east of Hochheim on the Main River. Although the region is known for its outstanding beer some excellent wines are made particularly from Silvaner. In fact, many argue the best examples of the Silvaner grape come the Franken region. In the spring during spargel season (white asparagus) Silvaner is the go to wine. Some Riesling is also grown here but the grape is challenged by the region’s cooler, wetter climate. Generally the wine styles produced in Franken are dry.

Top vineyards: Würzburger Stein, Iphofener Julius Echter Berg, Bürgstadter Centgrafenberg

Producers: Hans Wirsching, Horst Sauer



Table wine as in any wine bottled in Germany from grapes grown on planet earth.


Deutscher Tafelwein

Wine bottled in Germany from German grapes.



Land wine. The equivalent of the French Vin de Pays. There are Landwein regions and requirements you can look up later but for now just know this category exists.


Qualitätswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete (QbA)

This is where everyone’s hard drive starts to freeze up because of the long words. Stay with me! As always a quick examination of the language reveals quite a lot. In this case Qualitätswein, or quality wine, bestimmter which means “from,” and Anbaugebiete—as in quality wine from one of those 13 designated regions.

QbA wines are important to us in the U.S. market. Estate wines (especially Rieslings) and Pinot Noirs from top producers are almost always designated QbA because—this is important—they can legally be chaptalized. FYI chaptalization is also legal for the other three previous classifications as well



Quality wine with “attributes” or confirmed by the degree of ripeness at harvest. As I alluded to above, German wine laws are completely different from the French AOC/AOP model in that grape ripeness instead of place of origin is used as the sole arbiter for quality. Most of the top German wines we see in the U.S. are designated as Prädikatswein which means they cannot be chaptalized. Many are also produced from single vineyards.


Where is Franken?

It is centred along the Main River as it flows westward from Bamberg toward Frankfurt, to the east of Hochheim


What is the grape that Franken is most known for?

Silvaner. It is smoky, full, mineral- tinged dry white Wines.


What is the centre of Franken‘s wine production?

Wurzberg, the vineyard Stein within Wurzberg lends its name to “Steinwein”, an old nickname for Frankish wine in general.


What is the traditional bottle of Franken?

The squat, flask- shaped bocksbeutel