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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  • 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

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    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

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    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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