WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Light,
Acid - Low,
Tannin - Medium,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Blackberries, Cherries, Plums, Floral, Earthy, Spice, Dark chocolate

Dornfelder is a red grape variety that has swiftly become a favorite in Germany and beyond, celebrated for its vibrant fruit flavors and versatility. Whether enjoyed young or aged, Dornfelder offers wine enthusiasts a delightful and complex experience.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Primary Flavours & Aromas

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: In cooler regions, Dornfelder maintains higher acidity and fresher fruit flavors, resulting in a more elegant wine. Warm/Hot Climate: In warmer climates, it develops richer, more concentrated flavors with softer acidity. Remarkably, Dornfelder ripens well even in cooler climates, showcasing its adaptability.

Appellations / Producers of Note

Appellations: Rheinhessen and Pfalz regions are renowned for their Dornfelder wines. Producers: Weingut Karl Schaefer and Weingut Borell-Diehl are celebrated for their excellent Dornfelder expressions.


Dornfelder is delightful when young, offering fresh fruit and vibrant acidity.

First Published: Monday, Jun 10, 2024 Last updated: Jun 10, 2024

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