The winegrowers' association in the German Franconian wine region was founded in 1996 by 15 wine-growing estate owners. Today, the 14 member companies cultivate a total of around 200 hectares of vineyards. The aim was to develop a new style of wine for the Müller-Thurgau variety, which is traditional in Franconia but at that time unprestigeous, with fruity white wines for a young target group. In the meantime, the "Frank & Frei Collection" was established. It consists of Müller-Thurgau and Silvaner, Rosé and Rotling, a white and a red cuvée and a sparkling wine called Secco-Saignée (Pinot Noir, Domina, Müller-Thurgau, Bacchus and Kerner). These wines represent the basic assortment in the member wineries, but the individuality remains the same. The quality of the wines is tested within the group in various blind tastings before they are allowed to carry the Frank & Frei label. There is joint marketing and presence at national and international trade fairs and presentations. The wines are exported to the USA, Holland, Belgium and Denmark.
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