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Grape (Vitis)
Heroldrebe grapes
Color of berry skin Noir
Species Vitis vinifera
Also called Weinsberg S 130
Origin Germany
Original pedigree Blauer Portugieser × Blaufränkisch
Breeder August Herold
Breeding institute Staatliche Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt für Wein- und Obstbau Weinsberg
Year of crossing 1929

Heroldrebe is a red German wine grape variety produced by crossing Blauer Portugieser and Lemberger.[1] It was created by August Herold at the grape breeding institute in Weinsberg in the Württemberg region in 1929, and was named after him.

One of Heroldrebe's drawbacks is its relatively late ripening; it is harvested at about the same time as Pinot noir. Heroldrebe was grown on a total of 155 hectares (380 acres) in Germany in 2008, with a decreasing trend. There were 99 hectares (240 acres) in Palatinate, 32 hectares (79 acres) in Rheinhessen, and 23 hectares (57 acres) in Württemberg.[2] In Palatinate it is typically used to produce light, almost pinkish, colored wines.[3]


The only synonyms of Heroldrebe is its breeding code We S 130 or Weinsberg S 130.[1]


Heroldrebe was later crossed with Helfensteiner by Herold to produce Dornfelder, which has become the most widely planted of the grape varieties created by Herold. Hegel is also Helfensteiner × Heroldrebe.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Heroldrebe". Vitis International Variety Catalogue. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  2. ^ Landwirtschaftliche Bodennutzung - Rebflächen - Fachserie 3 Reihe 3.1.5 - 2008 [Agricultural land use - Areas under vine]. Wiesbaden, Germany: Statistisches Bundesamt. 2008. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ J. Robinson Jancis Robinson's Wine Course Third Edition pg 140 Abbeville Press 2003 ISBN 0-7892-0883-0
  4. ^ "Pedigree search, Heroldrebe". Vitis International Variety Catalogue. Retrieved 2010-01-29.