Franconia, known as blaufränkisch in German, is a vine rooted in the history of Friuli, cultivated for centuries by families like the Jermann family. Banquet menus of wealthy families from the nineteenth century in Gorizia were watered with franconia, a grape appreciated and heartily recommended by the Austro-Hungarian Empire throughout the North-East. It probably originates in Croatia or the Main Valley, in Germany, but today it is the most cultivated red variety in Austria, where it reaches peaks of excellence in Burgenland. Not easy to cultivate, Franconia expresses itself in a very varied way depending on the terroir. In general, Friuli gives it a dark ruby-red version characterised by mainly fruity fragrances, crunchy, good acidity and gentle structure, with good persistence.