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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  • I’m always being asked to recommend an unusual wine, “one that ... ... grapes to look out for are Zweigelt and St. Laurent. Happily, the grape varieties are proudly announced on the front labels of Austrian wines which makes for far easier strolls up the wine aisle.  Leithaberg’s limestone and schist rock vineyards rise to about 300 metres abo... Read More

    From the article Move Beyond Cab and Chard


  • White wines are a summer classic, but it has been a long summer. There is a ... ... Sasso, Gabe’s ViewZweigeltFor sure, summer sippers need not be limited to only white wine and rosé. Zweigelt, pronounced TSVYE-gelt, is a red Austrian grape that generally produces light and nimble wines with fresh fruit flavors and good acid structure. These ... Read More

    From the article Superior Red Wines for Summertime


  • Jist for THOI is searched through about 600 wines from Germany (Many of them ... ...  There were a few Zweigelt from Austria - which is a varietal I find interesting and represents a different wine exoerience.  There were ZERO from Mosel.However, if I may deviate just a tad here, the following is one that I've 3 vintages of and like:Juris "Se... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for Mosel Reds


  • Zweigelt, Dornfelder, Regent, Spatburgunder, they do it. WS just did an article about German reds. I have not had many good ones.And from the Model? Are there such? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for Mosel Reds


  • I made way too much chili a few weeks ago and have been eating it since. It has ... ... and GSM from Barossa, a Zweigelt rosado from Austria, and I don't remember what else. Something white.I am sure the beers would be OK. I just don't drink the Read More

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  • Zin or Barbera?Have both on hand...2014 Bedrock Evanghelo, 2011 Elio Grasso Barbera.Something else?  Read More

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  • Hi. I was recently going through my pictures from Germany along the Rhine in 2000. I drank an awesome red wine there from the Mosel area. This wine tasted almost like fruit juice and was the best I had ever tasted. I don't remember the name and have been unable to find any wine that matched the flavor of that wine. Any suggestions as to where I ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for Mosel Reds


  • ProWein, the annual wine and spirits fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, is the ... Schneeberger Zweigelt Alte Rebe 2010 Austria is known for its expertise with the Zweigelt grape, a cross between Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent. These Zweigelt vines are more than twenty-five years old. Strawberry-rhubarb pie spices light up the nose here. Red fruits, t... Read More

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  • Well, as D said Garnacha is a good place to start. It's kind of an outlier. ... from cooler regions, like Zweigelt and St. Laurent, although good luck finding those in the US. Then there are some that are kind of random - the Negro Amaro that I had last night for example, was really low in tannin but that may well be an artifact of the wine mak... Read More

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  • I have just read the most illuminating post I have ever read, "which red wines are most tannic", wow guys great details and some useful info.  But I'm most interested in the least tannic red wines.Reason?I have gout and tannins play havoc on gout and while I still want to try and enjoy Red Wine, esp good red wine I can longer drink medium or hig... 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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