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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Ehrenfelser is one of the more frost-resistant better german crosses, developed at geisenheim in 1929. Although it was said to be a riesling×silvaner cross, dna profiling has shown that the latter is not one of its parents. It is not nearly as versatile in terms of site as kerner, which became a more obvious choice as a flexible Riesling substitute. Total German plantings of Ehrenfelser had fallen to 67 ha/165 acres by 2012, mainly in the Pfalz and Rheinhessen.