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The red grape variety is a new variety between Madeleine Angevine x Teinturier (Teinturier du Cher) according to DNADNA analysesDNA published in 2012. The parentage Blauer Portugieser x Teinturier stated by the breeder turned out to be incorrect. Synonyms are Froelich V 4-4, Farbtraube Froelich and Purpur. The cross was made by the breeder Gustav Adolf Froelich (1847-1912). The variety remained unnoticed for many decades and was used as "Froelich V 4-4" in breeding centres. In the 1930s, it was ampelographically processed at the Geisenheim Research Institute and was given the name Dunkelfelder by Dr Helmut Becker (1927-1990), alluding to its unknown origin and dark wine colour.

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