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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  • 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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  • Steindorfer Apetlon Rouge 2010


    Very interesting Austrian red blend of Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and Saint Laurent. A medium to light bodied red with a touch of smoke on the nose and palate, dark red cherries, rhubarb, dusty fine grained tannin and some nice acidity on the back end. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Artner Rose Carnuntum Austria 2013


    Fairly neutral on the nose with small aromas of talc, raspberries, and carnations. Bright and super juicy in the mouth with lovely nuanced flavors of watermelon and raspberries, this is a playful rose, small scaled and superbly refreshing. Theres a little fleshiness that tries to emerge on the backend, along with a hint of orange oil, but the ac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Artner Rose Carnuntum Austria 2013


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    Wine review by mark

  • Well, he's also making wine in Brooklyn, which is where I am now. So if the ... Austria some nice blends of Zweigelt and St. Laurent. None imported.Why do I bring that up? Because in Temecula, an hour north of San Diego, the best wines I was able to try were from Italian grapes - Aglianico was one of them. If that's what Abe is looking at doing... Read More

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