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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  • ProWein, the annual wine and spirits fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, is the ... Schneeberger Zweigelt Alte Rebe 2010 Austria is known for its expertise with the Zweigelt grape, a cross between Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent. These Zweigelt vines are more than twenty-five years old. Strawberry-rhubarb pie spices light up the nose here. Red fruits, t... Read More

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  • Well, as D said Garnacha is a good place to start. It's kind of an outlier. ... from cooler regions, like Zweigelt and St. Laurent, although good luck finding those in the US. Then there are some that are kind of random - the Negro Amaro that I had last night for example, was really low in tannin but that may well be an artifact of the wine mak... Read More

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  • I have just read the most illuminating post I have ever read, "which red wines are most tannic", wow guys great details and some useful info.  But I'm most interested in the least tannic red wines.Reason?I have gout and tannins play havoc on gout and while I still want to try and enjoy Red Wine, esp good red wine I can longer drink medium or hig... Read More

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  • A 2013 climate study titled “Wine, climate change and conservation” ... the red varietals Merlot and Zweigelt,” Korstrom wrote.The icewine maven isn't going to abandon all of his dessert-wine vines, though. “Huber will keep reserving about 12 of his 50 acres of vineyard for grapes used to make icewine because he believes that, even with climate... Read More

    From the article Okanagan Valley Winemakers Unfazed by Nature's Attempt to Turn Up the Heat

  • Well Al, most of the wine in Germany is white and most of that is Riesling, ... St. Laurent, Spatburgunder, Zweigelt and others just don't come anywhere close to the whites.But Germany isn't only about sweet wine. No reason to imagine that all Riesling is sweet. I happen to like those, but there's some very dry wine produced as well. Spatlese ... Read More

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  • Due to popular demand (don't ask where that demand came from or you'll spoil my fun), we appear to need some new wine discussion topics.  This topic was only relevant to Thursday as a test case but was subsequently expanded to cover the weekend too.  What ever you bring up in this topic should either occur on a Thursday - Sunday, or it could be ... Read More

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  • If you have any doubt that Austrians love their wine, consider the fact that ... such as Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt and St. Laurent. In Burgenland, the historic and the modern thrive side by side.  Alongside traditional winemaking methods flourishes a new biodynamic philosophy that, among other techniques, allows vines to grow unpruned, uses nonp... Read More

    From the article On Austria's Burgenland Wine Region

  • Jon - Kékfrankos is the name for BF in Hungarian! "Kék" ... Merlot, Kékfrankos, Zweigelt, Kékoportó, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. And there's a crazy guy there who is also growing Sagrantino and some Italian grapes, some of which I got to taste a few weeks ago.Until the 20th century, it was pretty rare to do monovarietal wines in most places - that's... Read More

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  • Thanksgiving wine pairing can be tough. With tons of different flavors and lots ... Thanksgiving feast.  Zweigelt  The most popular red grape in Austria, Zweigelt is a cross between St. Laurent and Blaufrankisch and the grape seems tailor made for Thanksgiving dinner with its cranberry and baking spice flavors. One of our favorite examples, the... Read More

    From the article Off The Beaten Path Thanksgiving Wine Values

  • Emark, that's a bummer.  I know I'd be anxious and hopeful about ... ...  Austrian blend of zweigelt, blaufrankisch and St. Laurant.  Comes across kind of like a cross between very young CA pinot and very young zi Read More

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