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

  • Foradori Teroldego Rotaliano Premier 2006


    This wine from the base of the alps fills the nose with smoke and moss, ... ... remind of Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt wines of near-by Austria, but more mellow and a wider range of tastes. Very much a food wine but enjoyable to sip and savo Read More

    Wine review by AdamJefferson

  • Paul Lehrner Zweigelt/Blaufrankisch Blend Claus 2006


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    Wine review by Wendy Crispell

  • Zantho Zweigelt 2006


    Not a whole lot happening in my mouth on this wine. The nose is nice but in the mouth this falls flat. The only things that I got were a little spice and a musty flavor. This bottle may have been bad. Read More

    Wine review by rar8888

  • Zantho Zweigelt 2006


    A nice wine, soft nose with moist pine duff aromas; fresh fruit flavors with a little bite in the aftertaste. I'd try serving this with something unorthodox: Mexican fajitas or black bean soup laced with cummin and garnished with sour cream and fresh cilantro. Read More

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    Wine review by AnnikaS

  • Weingut Berger Leginthov Zweigelt Classic 2005


    Some weeks ago I tasted the Zweigelt from Weingut Berger Leginthov. I was surprised - the Zweigelt was excellent. The colour was dark red and it tasted very fruity. I believe it smelled like fresh berries. I am sure I have to buy more of this interesting wine for my family. Read More

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  • Weingut Wachter-Wiesler Zweigelt Rouge 2007


    Best kekfrankos, if i have drunk last 10 month from hungarian wine land Read More

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  • Zweigelt Dürnberg Falkensteiner Rieden NV


    Modestly sour, with some sweetness, and a bit of smoke and vegetal flavors, plus a dash of iron. Medium bodied and fairly mild. Enjoyable and well worth the $9 I spent for a liter. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream

  • Zweigelt Dürnberg Falkensteiner Rieden NV


    Modestly sour, with some sweetness, and a bit of smoke and vegetal flavors, plus a dash of iron. Medium bodied and fairly mild. Enjoyable and well worth the $9 I spent for a liter. Read More

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