Often known as “the Pinot Noir of the east”, Blaufränkisch probably has its roots in Austria, where superior wines were known as fränkisch back in the Middle Ages. Today it can be found the world over, from Eastern Europe to the United States and Japan. It is especially prominent in the regions of northern, middle and southern Burgenland and also eastern Niederösterreich.
Blaufränkisch ripens late in the season, by which time it has a sharp acidity alongside its rich tannins. It has aromas of stone fruits and a hint of spiciness. It also buds early, which can make it susceptible to frosts. However, it has the ability to produce high yields relatively easily.