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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  • June 3rd, 2009Winemakers Present:Rainer Christ (Weingut Christ)Stefan Hajszan ... Beef, Caramelized Cipollini,Zweigelt Shallots and Rosmary Scented Beef JusWeingut Zahel Antares 2006White Chocolate Passionfruit Tartlette, fresh Strawberries Weingut Esterhazy - Trockenbeeren AusleseCost $ 130,-- per person including wines132 West 58th StreetNe... Read More

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  • Gamay Noir Zweigelt 2004


    Bought it for $7/750 ml bottle on sale directly at the winery retail store in Kingsville, Ontario. Canada (May 13, 2009) as it is close to where I live. Not bad at all. For the price it is quite decent. It is the type of wine that I may be able to pass off to friends after we drink 2-3 bottles of Napa Valley's finest Cabernet. The Baco element s... Read More

    Wine review by daler

  • Anton Bauer Red Blend Wagram Cuvee 2006


    A blend of zweigelt, blaufränkisch, cabernet, and merlot, this wine boldly declares its ambition... but I feel fails to measure up to a single varietal bottle of most zweigelt or blaufränkisch from the area. Read More

    Wine review by sfquixote

  • Weingut Franz Lentsch Zweigelt Großfeld 2008


    fruity, blueberries and cherries on the nose, oak perfectly integrated, balanced, soft juicy tannin structure, velvety, lingering. Read More

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  • Christ Zweigelt Bisamberg 2006


    one of the best zweigelt I ever had Read More

    Wine review by hacklmusic

  • Zahel Antares 2006


    Very nice. Pure, clean and a great food wine. Good tannins give the wine structure, and overall it displays excellent balance. Well aged, with cherry flavors dominating. Long, smooth finish. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • New York, April 2009 - The Austrian Wines darcy and huber selections presented ... ... Zierfandler, Blauer Zweigelt, Gelber Muskateller, Neuburger Read More

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  • April 2009 New York, NY The Austrian Wines - darcy and huber selections - are ... 2007 (Grüner Veltliner) and Zweigelt 2006 - which are the most typical grape varieties of the Weinviertel, Austria - were bottled exclusively for the LifeBall on May 17, 2008 and again for the upcoming May 16, 2009 LifeBall. The labels of the LifeBall Wine show ... Read More

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  • Heinrich Zweigelt 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by CTwine

  • Hans Nittnaus Turn Me Red 2006


    Nothing exciting about this wine! Almost bland and is non-descript. Does have some fruit on the nose--pineapple actually, even though this is a red wine, but then nothing too exciting with the first sip, has very soft tannins with a slight burn. Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5

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