Cabernet Dorsa grapes growing in Württemberg
|Also called||We 71-817-92|
|Origin||Weinsberg, Palatinate, Germany|
Cabernet Dorsa is a dark-skinned variety of grape used for red wine. It was created at a grape breeding institute in Weinsberg in the Württemberg wine region of Germany in 1971 by crossing Dornfelder and Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Dorsa received varietal protection and was released for general cultivation in 2003. The vines of Cabernet Dorsa show good winter hardiness and the grapes reach higher must weights than Dornfelder or Spätburgunder under typical German growing conditions.
In 2006, there were 214 hectares (530 acres) of Cabernet Dorsa in Germany, with an increasing trend. In 2000, before the variety's general release, there existed only 2.87 hectares (7.1 acres) of experimental plantations.
It is known under the synonyms (breeding codes) We 71-817-92 with We denoting Weinsberg.
- Wein-Plus Glossar: Cabernet Dorsa, accessed on March 6, 2013
- Vitis International Variety Catalogue: Cabernet Dorsa, accessed on May 1, 2008
- German Wine Institute: German Wine Statistics 2007-2008