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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  • Hugl Weine Zweigelt Niederösterreich 2015


    Complex aromas of fresh bell pepper, perfumed sweet spice, fresh black cherry and raspberry jam and soft clay. Good acidity and an earthy texture open for a fruity blend of blueberry, black cherry and currant with zesty, warming spice. Read More

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  • Anita and Hans Nittnaus Eastside Blaufränkisch Burgenland 2015


    Pungent, dusty floral notes of violet and ripe cherry blossom with a hint of raspberry and brown sugar. Tart, earthy and acidic on the palate with fresh cranberry and cherry fruit, drying tannins streaking through the center with a perfumed character throughout and a nudge of cherry compote and coffee cake crumble on the drying finish. Read More

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  • Konzelmann Estate Winery Red Moose Zweigelt NV


    Fruity a touch of sweetness Read More

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  • This is the Buddha that purports to save the world.I think he needs to get up ... "Beck's Ink" Zweigelt from Austria on the "Now for Something Completely Different" thread.  That was drunk at brunch (really lunch, since we started at 1 p.m.) with our niece and nephew and their interesting friend, Reinhard the German Orthopedic Surgeon.  They m... Read More

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  • I don't know about that Fox but you're right, I was interested in the ... the ... varieties include Zweigelt, Syrah, Blauburger, Menoire, Tannat, Sagrantino (I really need to double check this although I do know a guy growing it so who knows), and a few local things that I don’t remember. At the higher level they also allow Pinot Noir, Cab, C... Read More

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  • I am the owner and winemaker at Chateau Niagara winery in Newfane, NY. We are a small lot winery of artisan French and Eastern European wines.  Read More

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  • Happy Halloween, wine lover! This hallowed holiday isn't just for kids. ... cacao bars in a puddle of Zweigelt on your floor. (You never really know how people are going to react to a terrible pairing.) Seriously, candy pairings are tough. Candy is a multifaceted treat, with layers of flavors that can range from salty to sweet. This combinatio... Read More

    From the article It's Not Too Late for Wine and Candy Pairings

  • I’m always being asked to recommend an unusual wine, “one that ... ... grapes to look out for are Zweigelt and St. Laurent. Happily, the grape varieties are proudly announced on the front labels of Austrian wines which makes for far easier strolls up the wine aisle.  Leithaberg’s limestone and schist rock vineyards rise to about 300 metres abo... Read More

    From the article Move Beyond Cab and Chard

  • White wines are a summer classic, but it has been a long summer. There is a ... ... Sasso, Gabe’s ViewZweigeltFor sure, summer sippers need not be limited to only white wine and rosé. Zweigelt, pronounced TSVYE-gelt, is a red Austrian grape that generally produces light and nimble wines with fresh fruit flavors and good acid structure. These ... Read More

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  • Jist for THOI is searched through about 600 wines from Germany (Many of them ... ...  There were a few Zweigelt from Austria - which is a varietal I find interesting and represents a different wine exoerience.  There were ZERO from Mosel.However, if I may deviate just a tad here, the following is one that I've 3 vintages of and like:Juris "Se... Read More

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