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The red grape variety is a new cross between Blauer Limberger (Blaufränkisch) x Dornfelder, which was confirmed by DNA analyses carried out in 2012. Synonyms or breeding numbers are Cabernet Acolon, WE 71-816-102 and Weinsberg 71-816-102. The cross was made in 1971 by the breeders Helmut Schleip and Bernd H. E. Hill at the Staatliche Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt für Wein- und Obstbau in Weinsberg(Württemberg). Plant variety protection was granted in 2002. The early-ripening vine produces a colour-intensive red wine similar to Limberger with discreet tannins. The area under cultivation in Germany is 469 hectares. There are further stocks in England, Switzerland (3 ha) and Hungary (5 ha). In 2016, a total of 477 hectares of vines were reported, with a slight downward trend (Kym Anderson statistics).

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