By Lisa Rowlands

Cultivated largely to deepen the colour of red blends, the variety is characterised by its red-flesh berries, moderate to high yields and excellent resistance to most common viticultural diseases. German plantings of this variety amount to just twenty-one hectares - almost three quarters of which lie in the Baden region, and a minuscule amount of Deckrot is also grown across the border in the German Speaking region of Switzerland.

As well as its primary use in blending wines, Deckrot has parented two new varieties - Dakapo and Piroso, and in the hands of at least one German producer, has been vinified to make a varietal wine.