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Wanted: The best Lemberger with all synonyms

It belongs to the particularly valuable red wine varieties, the Lemberger, in Austria called Blaufränkisch. Now there is an exciting competition again.


GERMANY (Vahingen/Enz) – The Vaihingen Lion roars again, on the lookout for the best dry red wines of the Lemberger variety, including its various synonyms such as Blaufränkisch (Austria) and Kékfrankos (Hungary). It is the 29th competition for a variety that is still often somewhat underestimated, at least in Germany, and largely restricted here to Württemberg. Only since 2019, it is announced internationally, inspired by the wine magazine VINUM, in cooperation with Wein Burgenland.

The organizer is the Weinlöwen association, a group of ambitious wineries from Vaihingen/Enz, a town of 29,000 inhabitants that was awarded the title “City of Vine and Wine” by the OIV in 1987. This resulted a few years later in the organization of a wine fair and the competition. After a slow period, the international competition gave it a new impetus.

Competition details

All single-varietal dry wines of the grape variety can be entered for an entry fee. The deadline for entries is February 16. Questions to details answer the association chairman Martin Fischer (owner of the vineyard Sonnenhof) under mf@weinloewen.de.

The wines are tasted blind by international juries of experts, in Donnerskirchen (Burgenland) and Vaihingen/Enz. The trophy in the form of the winner’s cup, a replica of the historic Vaihingen city cup in the shape of a lion, goes to the overall winner. In addition, state winners from countries with multiple applicants will be crowned for the first time. The exact dates and format of the award ceremony have not yet been determined due to the Corona situation. It is hoped to have everything in place by the summer.

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