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 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

  • Had recently this extraordinary wine at a festival in Halbturn/Austria. Best ... Best example for age-worthy Zweigelt wines from Austria.Fra Read More

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  • Kaiserberg Weingut Josef Unger 2000


    blackcurrent and loads of spices on the nose, very ripe tannins due to excellent vintage 2000, refined, multilayered, needed nearly 5 hours with air to develop full flavor profile, endlessly lingering. Perfect wine. Read More

    Wine review by 81732Franz Schneider 81732 Franz Schneider

  • Weingut Steininger Zweigelt Langenlois Sekt 2005


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  • Arrowleaf Cellars Zweigelt Okanagan Valley Vqa 2006


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  • Höpler Zweigelt 2004


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    Wine review by Cheese and Grapes

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  • Nittnaus Anita & Hans Zweigelt 2006


    Beautiful Blauer Zweigelt from Anita & Hans Nittnaus. Juicy red fruit, lip smacking sour cherry and some really soft, smoky oak under the surface. I really can't think of a nicer wine for a delicate charcuterie selection. Read More

    Wine review by enotheque

  • Wine is becoming more about what YOU like and a whole lot less about what ... ... months. Try a spicy, floral Zweigelt or earthier Blaufrankish and see if these wines work for you! Loimer Lois Gruner Veltliner 2007 Light and refreshing with zesty apple and lime fruit that is perfect for simple grilled shrimp or fried white fish. Zantho Zweige... Read More

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  • Zantho Zweigelt 2006


    This packs in a ton of crisp red fruit on a lean lithe frame that makes it perfect for summer picnics. The flavors tend to the cranberry and wild cherry end of the spectrum with mouthwatering acidity, just a whisper of tannin and hints of pepper and dried flowers. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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