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The red grape variety originates from Germany. Synonyms according to are Blaue Frankentraube, Blaue Hartwegstraube, Blauer Hängling, Corthum, Corthumtraube, Frankentraube, Hartwegstraube, Häusler, Karmazin, Karmazyn, Süßroth, Vicsanka and Viesanka. It must not be confused with the variety Blauer Hängling (Blaue Hartwegstraube, Frankentraube) despite seemingly indicating synonyms. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2015, it originates from a presumably natural cross between Gouais Blanc (Heunisch) x Süßschwarz. The Pigeon Black variety has been accepted by the Slow Food Association as a "passenger" of the "Ark of Taste". It is thus one of the excellent foods worthy of protection and preservation from the threats posed by industrial agriculture and the food industry.

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