Blaufränkisch (pronounced BLAU-frank-ish) is an important grape variety in central Europe where it is cultivated under the names Kékfrankos in Hungary and Lemberger in Germany. The grape achieves its peak in Austria’s Burgenland where it gives deeply-colored red wines with aromas and flavors of blackberries, herbs, and spices. It is highly expressive of terroir and shows the nuances of its origin when produced with care.
Blaufränkisch features a moderate level of weight, bright acidity, and is firmly structured making it an excellent wine for the table. Blaufränkisch produced in a balanced style without excessive ripeness or oak can be paired with food like Pinot Noir and is excellent with game birds, duck, and veal. It is the classic wine to pair with a Hungarian goulash of braised meat and vegetables served with egg noodles or potatoes.