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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  • Heinrich Gabarinza 2005


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    Wine review by joinerz

  • Weingut Meinhard Forstreiter Zweigelt Zvy-Gelt 2008


    Light-bodied versatile with all types of light food. I paired it with spinach ravioli and it went as good as wine can go with something that bland. Definitely not a sipper...pair it! In a double blind tasting I would have guessed it was a Beaujolais. Gamay-esque approach with some surprising cognac elements on the nose. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Zweigelt Loach IGT Radoar 2007


    I just discovered this South Tyrol producer and wine and have become very fond of both. Lovely dark fruits without the weight, making it highly adaptable and easy to enjoy. The Rot (red) IGT (pinot and lagrein, is it?) is also lovely.However...this Loach IGT name has gotten mistakenly translated to naming DeLoach (US) as the producer. The produc... Read More

    Wine review by livingvenice

  • George Preisinger Zweigelt Classic 2007


    Very close, tight nose. Ripe plum or cherry. In the mouth, again a single-note plum, still tight but a nice light fresh weight. Soft tannins and low alcohol at 13%. Very good quality but needs time to open. Read More

    Wine review by brinko99

  • Artisan Wines Pure Zweigelt 2009


    middle red hue, intense cherry and sour cherry flavors, juicy and refreshing,integrated soft tannin structure. Sligthly chilled as perfectly refreshing summer wines. Pairs well with a selection of antipasti and with Pizza and Pasta dishes based on tomatoes Read More

    Wine review by 81732Franz Schneider 81732 Franz Schneider

  • Weingut Hubert Sandhofer Zweigelt Frizzando "De Fuego" 2007


    If you like light and refreshing this is your aperitif Read More

    Wine review by dellies

  • With people starting to make plans for summer vacation, yours truly included, I ... that goes from Aligote to Zweigelt, it’s a great place to recalibrate your palate after a day of tasting Pinot. Pair a glass with wild boar ribs in a peach barbeque sauce and you’ll be on your way to a great evening out in Portland. A great follow-up might be a ... Read More

    From the article Travel Guide for Portland

  • Zantho Zweigelt 2006


    I found this wine to have a spicy, red fruit character, typical of Zweigelt. Although this is a lighter style than some other Zweigelts I have tasted, I found it to be pleasurable to drink on its own. Although for a couple years of aging and the wine will develop a much more complex character. Read More

    Wine review by Constance Chamberlain

  • I am hoping someone with some pairing knowledge can help me. for Valentines day, I am making a nice, intimate dinner... I have pairings for the appetizer and dessert... but I am looking for a main dish pairing..I am basically making a bone-in pork chop, which I dredge in semolina flour (vs regular, cause I like the slight crust) and totally dr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What to pair with Herbes de...

  • Zweigelt 2007


    Arrowleaf Zweigelt 2007: Fruit-forward with intense cherry-cranberry-raspberry nose. Medium body with a fairly long acidic and earthy finish. I have found my "house wine." Read More

    Wine review by hsyee

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