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Trollinger

This grape is no spring chicken – documents dating back to 1520 describe Martin Luther partaking of its wine. Known as “Trollinger” in Germany and “Schiava” in Italy, this red grape is also consumed as “Black Hamburg.” Whatever its name, the low tannin and alcohol levels make wine made from Trollinger easily drinkable and best quaffed young. Trollinger has also been crossed with many grape varieties, notably Riesling to create Kerner, a most Riesling-like hybrid considered to be a huge success of the German grape breeding program.