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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  • Austria is becoming well-known for Grüner Veltliner. This crisp white not ... a couple of Austrian reds, Zweigelt, (a crossing of two Austrian red grapes, St. Laurent and Blaufrankisch) and the Burgundian classic Pinot Noir. Kamptal Pinot Noir isn’t cheap but it’s well worth a try; one of the best wines I tasted on a visit to the region a coup... Read More

    From the article We're routing for Gruner Veltliner.


  • These days, Austrian Zweigelt is no stranger to wine lists. Sommeliers at the trendiest restaurants and wine bars in major cities arm themselves with Austria’s shining star. While Zweigelt is grown in a few other places (like Japan and British Columbia, for example), the grape truly is synonymous with Austria.Its recent surge in popularity (plan... Read More

    From the article The Next Go-To Red is Austria's Zweigelt


  • Hafner Pree Chaviv Zweigelt Burgenland 2015

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    Brooding and smoky aromas of charcoal, blueberry and black cherry. Nice cherry and raspberry flavors with medium acidity, fresh spice and more dark smoke and leather on the lengthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Paul Achs Zweigelt Burgenland 2015

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    Tart cranberry, cherry and raspberry fruit aromas with moist savory earth notes and a bit of light mushroom. Soft and juicy on entry with lots of red fruit and floral notes, this pushes towards tart cranberry and bold acidity towards the mid palate - this is generous and assertive yet stylish and approachable, finishing with blueberry, strawberr... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Anita and Hans Nittnaus Blauer Zweigelt Burgenland 2015

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    Dark, rich and brooding aromas of mineral earth, barnyard and toasted spice, fruit notes of black currant and black cherry, some floral notes and dusty, resinous sawmill aromas. On the palate this is juicy and playful, with medium acidity and notes of plum and cherries, blueberry and cranberry, a floral note alongside baking spice and a pine sap... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Pratsch Zweigelt Niederösterreich 2016

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    Richly earthy aromas of savory spice, blueberry and red currant, light perfume and a touch of clay on the nose. On the palate this is floral, bold and assertive, with cherry and raspberry fruit, floral potpourri and a finish of spice and medium plus acidity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Zvy-Gelt Zweigelt Niederösterreich 2013

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    expansive, generous fruit with lots of floral notes - ripe juicy red berries and cherries, fresh spice and a touch of savory earth. Bright and juicy on entry with a tart and tarry, thick streak of tannins and earth welling up on the mid palate, violet petals and dark plum, blueberry notes and a finish of licorice and herb.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Una Sunny Red Zweigelt Burgenland 2015

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    Elegant and floral aromas of light wood shavings and perfumed cherry. Palate has potpourri, plum and spice with a rich mouthfeel and lots of floral notes, a hint of zesty acidity, tart cranberry and mixed berry, finishing with streaks of tannin and wooded notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Zantho Zweigelt Burgenland 2016

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    Earthy, dry and floral with hints of molasses and nicely integrated spice on the nose. This is approachable and pleasant with tart red fruit notes of cranberry, sour cherry and raspberry, a touch of licorice root, mineral earthiness, warm heat and plum skin, finishing with chewy tannins and a bit of varietal tarriness. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hajszanneumann Zweigelt Nussberg 2015

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    Pretty wine with floral notes of violet and fresh cherry syrup on the nose with a touch of smoke and leather. Warm palate of baking spice and thick tannic structure, this is medium bodied and quite tartly acidic, presenting cranberries, cherries and red currant, fresh blueberry preserves and a finish of creamy pastry crust and light tar.89 pts 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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