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 Zweigelt 2004


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  • 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

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  • Hugl Weine Zweigelt 2007


    Solid red, light flavor, clean taste, mild finish. Read More

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  • Stolzerhof Zweigelt Trockenbeerenauslese 1995


    Amber rose colour. Not entirely clear with particles of sediment. Apricots, honey and vanilla on the nose. Very sweet and sticky though levels of sugar and medium acidity are beautifully balanced. Very long finish. Marvelous. Read More

    Wine review by Alvina

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