Zweigelt

Name of varietal: Zweigelt

Common synonyms: Rotburger, Blauer Zweigelt

Parentage of the grape: Blaufrankish, Sankt Laurent

History of the grape:  Zweigelt was created in 1922 by Fritz Zweigelt at the Institute of Viticulture and Pomology in Klosterneuberg, Austria. It was originally called Rotburger after an area in its home town, but to put an end with confusion over Rotberger, another cross-grape, oenologist Lenz Moser changed its name to Zweigelt in 1975. It was cultivated to create a native Austrian red grape that would be full-bodied, easy to plant, adaptable to cooler local weather conditions and resistant to disease.  The result is a successful, full-flavored and well-structured grape that has become a national favorite that crossed over to other regions with favorable, cool-climate growing conditions.

Characteristics of the grape: medium to full-bodied, deep red, firm tannins, spicy, red plums, red cherry, black pepper, slightly acidic.

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Zweigelt on Snooth

  • Artner Rose Carnuntum Austria 2013

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    Fairly neutral on the nose with small aromas of talc, raspberries, and carnations. Bright and super juicy in the mouth with lovely nuanced flavors of watermelon and raspberries, this is a playful rose, small scaled and superbly refreshing. Theres a little fleshiness that tries to emerge on the backend, along with a hint of orange oil, but the ac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Well, he's also making wine in Brooklyn, which is where I am now. So if the ... Austria some nice blends of Zweigelt and St. Laurent. None imported.Why do I bring that up? Because in Temecula, an hour north of San Diego, the best wines I was able to try were from Italian grapes - Aglianico was one of them. If that's what Abe is looking at doing... Read More

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  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: our origins and future in a single glance I am going to create a winery in Los Angeles, on the banks of the Los Angeles river, on the edge of what was once the greatest grape growing region in the whole country. I aim to have this winery up and running by harvest 2015. I have made great progress already and will devote much ... Read More

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  • Fox, just had a Bieler rose about two weeks ago.  It was very nice for the ... we enjoyed a 2011 Hillinger Zweigel Read More

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  • Leo Hillinger Zweigelt 2011

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    First impression was of a low quality cab franc or gamay, somewhat musty, gamey and perfumey. However, this wine changed with a bit of air and some food to go with it. Now there's some southern Rhone GSM quality, light tannin, plum and dark cherry. Decent acidity and a bit of that gaminess still present but more in the background. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • While we may have doubted it would actually arrive, springtime weather has now ... 1L bottle of easy-drinking Zweigelt is a winner.Jameson FinkWine Without WorryPhoto courtesy Tobias Toft via Flickr/C Read More

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  • Opus Eximium No. 22 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by DirkW


  • Ecker Zweigelt 2012

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  • It's friendly to a lot of wine, including sweet wines. It's not a light ... Cab Franc, Cab Sauvignon, Zweigelt, St. Laurent, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Amarone, Zinfandel, and various whites and sweets. For me, one of the great pairings is a Zin - just seems to work really well.But he's right about putting a little water in your pan. If you don... Read More

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  • Hi everyone!Just a question here.. has anyone eaten goose, cooked at home, for a dinner?   I surely haven't.  But I want to know if  am missing something.  What does it taste like?  Tips for cooking?  Thinking of including one along side my beef roast at Christmas. Read More

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  • Recently, on a Lufthansa flight, I had the most magnificent red wine I have ever tasted, an Austrian Zweigelt 2009 from Brundylmeyer Estates. I would kill to find and buy a case of this wine!

    Comment by 1176334Davidsteckel 1176334 Davidsteckel


  • Just had Zweigelt on a trip i took in Germany. Our friend in Regensburg says it's his standard table wine for dinner! Our other friends in Bavaria also served it when they heard i liked it. I am not a big fan of most German wines but this was a real treat.

    Comment by 381833CarolTheArtist 381833 CarolTheArtist


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