Domina (grape)

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Grape (Vitis)
SpeciesVitis vinifera
Also calledGeilweilerhof 4- 25- 7
OriginSiebeldingen, Palatinate, Germany

Domina is a dark-skinned variety of grape used for red wine. It was created by German viticulturalist Peter Morio at the Geilweilerhof Institute for Grape Breeding in the Palatinate in 1927 by crossing the varieties Blauer Portugieser and Pinot noir (known in Germany as Spätburgunder).[1][2]

Work on the variety was the continued by Bernhard Husfeld at the same institute in the 1950s. The variety received protection and was released for general cultivation in 1974.

In 2006, there were 395 hectares (980 acres) of Domina in Germany, with an increasing trend.[3] Domina plantings are primarily found in Franconia. Domina wines are dark red and rich in tannin.[1] In Belgium, it is authorised for AOCs : Hageland [4] and Haspengouw.[5]

Domina gives high yields and is not very demanding with respect to vineyard conditions. It ripens later than its parent Blauer Portugieser but earlier than its parent Pinot noir. Domina wines are full-bodied and have a deep colour, but are not considered as elegant as German-grown Spätburgunder.[6]


The only synonym to Domina is the variety's breeding code Geilweilerhof 4-25-7 or Gf. IV-25-7 N.[2]


  1. ^ a b Wein-Plus Glossar: Domina, accessed on January 24, 2013
  2. ^ a b Vitis International Variety Catalogue: Domina Archived 2012-04-22 at the Wayback Machine, accessed on April 21, 2008
  3. ^ German Wine Institute: German Wine Statistics 2007-2008 Archived September 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Decree text of Hageland (in Dutch)
  5. ^ Decree text of Haspengouw (in Dutch)
  6. ^ German Wine Institute: Domina Archived March 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, accessed on April 24, 2008