Only 19 per cent of all vineyards in Franconia are used to grow red wine grape varieties. “We were the first who started producing red wine around Ipsheim,” says vineyard owner Carmen Kurz. Schürmer winery for example produces a fruity and soft, medium-dry Merlot wine. While Merlot grapes are very popular all over the world, they are a rarity in the Franconia wine region, today the sixth biggest wine-growing area in Germany.
The Schürmer winery is a typical family business and even before becoming professional vintners they had owned small patches of vineyards, making wine for personal use only. 

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