Around 80% of the vineyards have white grape varieties under vine. Silvaner is the most important grape variety of Franken weighing as much importance as Riesling in most other German wine regions.
Some of the popular grape varieties produced here are:
- Pinot Noir;
- Riesling, and;
Franken mainly produces dry white wines and a few amount of red wines. Almost half of their wines are botted traditionally in Bocksbeutel, which adds to their uniqueness. Most of the Franken dry wines have sugar contents of less than 4 grams per liter. Franken wines are generally full-bodied and aren’t much aromatic because of the climatic influences on these grape varieties.
These wines are enjoyed at different stages of their maturity. For example, the Kabinett style wines are enjoyed when they are young whereas the dry Spatlese wines, sweet wines, and high-quality Franken red wines are consumed one or two years after their bottling. Some wineries in Franken also make rosé wines.