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The red grape variety originates from Germany. It was discovered in 1928 by Hermann Schneider in a vineyard in Heilbronn (Baden-Württemberg) and selected at the Staatliche Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt in Weinsberg (Württemberg). However, it is not an independent grape variety, but a clonal mutant of Pinot Meunier. In the process, it has lost the woolly hair on the leaves - one could also call it a "back mutation" to Pinot Noir (origin of Pinot Meunier). This has been genetically proven and confirmed by the leaf architecture (personal information from Dr. Erika Maul, JKI). The low-yielding vine produces brick-red coloured red wines with soft (velvety) tannins, as well as diverse aromas of blackberries, cherries, plums and raspberries. In Germany, it is considered a clone of Pinot Noir, so its full name is "Blauer Spätburgunder Klon Samtrot". It is cultivated exclusively in the Württemberg growing region around Heilbronn. In 2009, the area under vines covered 381 hectares, but this is not shown separately, but is included in the Spätburgunder quantities. The variety belongs to the group of Pinot varieties; see there.

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