Dunkelfelder is a dark-coloured, red-flesh grape variety originating from Germany. The main purpose of Dunkelfelder is adding colour to blends. Single varietal wines form Dunkelfelder are rarely found.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Dunkelfelder is a dark-coloured grape variety, with a deep red hue. Its aroma profile is dominated by subtle aromas of blackberry, plum and currant notes, as well as hints of pepper and chocolate. On the palate, Dunkelfelder is full-bodied and fruity, with good acidity and tannic structure.

Fresh Dunkelfelder grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Dunkelfelder is mainly grown in the German regions of Baden, Pfalz and Rheinhessen. It is also found in small amounts in England, Switzerland and even some parts of Canada. Dunkelfelder is a relatively early ripener, making it susceptible to early spring frots. It is often used as a blending component to provide structure and colour to lighter-bodied wines. It is also used to make single-varietal wines, which are typically made in an easy drinking, fruit-forward style. In the Rheinhessen region, Dunkelfelder is often blended with other red grapes such as Dornfelder and Spätburgunder. These wines tend to be medium-bodied and fruity, with a pleasant acidity and tannic structure. In Baden, Dunkelfelder is often blended with Portugieser, resulting in full-bodied and robust wines with good ageing potential. Dunkelfelder wines pair well with a variety of dishes, including grilled meats, stews, and tomato-based sauces. It also pairs well with cheeses such as cheddar, gouda and brie.

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Fun Fact about Dunkelfelder
The variety was named Dunkelfelder because "dunkel" means dark in the german language, a reference to the dark color of the wines.

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