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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  • Weingut Loimer Brut Rose Niederosterreich


    Tart, smoky cranberry and earthy tar notes, some spice, mixed berry and a bit of melon on the nose. Notes continue to the palate with thick tar and zesty acidity, a bit of cherry and a tart grapefruit and mineral finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Everything I am about to share was gleaned during my recent trip to ProWein, ... ... pear, and herbal notes.Zweigelt from AustriaZweigelt plantings grew 48% between 1999 and 2015. It is the most widely planted red grape variety in Austria. Named in honor of viticulturist Fritz Zweigelt, these wines are fresh and crisp in a way that most red w... Read More

    From the article Top 5 Grapes to Watch

  • Weingut Heinrich Gabarinza Burgenland 2010


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • The red wines of Austria are an underappreciated jewel of the wine world. ... St. Laurent, and Zweigelt -- are growing in popularity. The first two grapes are the proud parents of the third. Here we explore this grape family tree and suggest some stunning selections from top brands available for purchase in the United States. In addition to the... Read More

    From the article The Great Red Wines of Austria

  • Pittnauer Pitti 2015


    Fifty percent Zweigelt, 40% Blaufränkisch, and 10% Merlot. Chocolate strawberries and red currant jam on the nose with hints of spice and a bit of leather. Quite fruity on entry this delivers loads of red berry and cherry, strawberry and raspberry fruit and a mineral driven front of mouth acidity that carries through to the finish where bold bak... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Nastl Klassik Cuvée Zweigelt-Merlot Niederösterreich 2015


    Soft clay and stone earth aromas with some savory spice and a spiky heat somewhat obscure the cherry and cranberry fruit notes. There's no missing the fruit on the palate though, with a bold generous palate of cherry, cranberry, strawberry and red currant on entry that gives way to a pleasant jaunty spice towards the finish of zesty acidity, dar... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Biokult Zweigelt Pinot Noir Burgenland 2014


    Floral licorice notes with soft sawdust aromas and fruit notes of plum, black cherry and savory minerality. Round and juicy on the palate with blue and red fruit notes - mostly black cherry, red currant and bilberry with a richly creamy textured body, soft tannins and a puff of light smoke and fertile earth on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Heinrich Red Burgenland 2015


    Made with each one of the heritage family grapes, Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, and Sankt Laurent. Dark raisin and plum aromas with a toasted smoky richness and soft red fruit notes. Bold and assertive on the palate with zippy acidity, full bodied cinnamon spice and black pepper, and fruit notes of cranberry and sweet cherry, this finishes with a cor... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Johannes Zillinger Velue Zweigelt Niederösterreich 2013


    Jammy and fleshy cherry and red currant aromas with a light floral note. Candied plum, cranberry and cherry bloom on the palate with a brisk acidity that drifts away on the mid palate leaving chunky and approachable cherry and strawberry notes, tart cranberry and oak spice. Read More

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  • Fritsch Zweigelt Donaulöss Austria 2014


    Lightly floral cherry aromas are simple and fruity. Tart, juicy cranberry and cherry fruit notes on the palate with chewy texture and lightly smoked tar and earth notes, this presents itself as easy, breezy and fruit forward but has a playful spike of acidity on the attack all the way through to the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • 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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