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Blaufränkisch is a dark-skinned red wine grape variety native to Austria and it is largely planted in Germany nuder the name Limberger and Hungary under Kékfrankos. It is a crossing between Blauer Zimmettraube and Weisser Heunisch. Classic Austrian Blaufrankisch wines are deeply coloured, medium-bodied reds with black-fruit flavours and hints of peppery spices. Those made around the Neusiedlersee region, and in Südburgenland, can be particularly full-bodied, spicy and complex. The grape has a very good expression in Sopron region, in the Northwest Hungary and Eger in the Northeast. It is the main grape in Hungary's most famous red wine Egri Bikaver, better known as Bull's Blood. Blaufränkisch buds early, ripens late and produces plentiful yields. It requires a warm climate for full maturation, which defines its distribution in wine regions close to the heat of the Pannonian Plain. It is also planted in Slovenia, Slovakia and the United States.

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