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.
Regions where the grape is currently Read more »
Best Wine Deals
In Praise of BraisingCommented
Marqués De Riscal Blanco (2012)Reviewed
Secret Santa 2013 for wine. The Reveal! The Guesses! So are we ready to find out how close we were?Replied
Kraft Mac-n-cheese and wine?Replied
Domaine A.F. Gros Vosne Romanee Clos Fontaine (2007)Rated
Fracchia Casorzo Voulet (2012)Cellared
Solms Astor Cape Jazz Sparkling ShirazCellared
Hesketh Shiraz Barossa Valley the Protagonist (2005)Commented
Whatcha drinking tonight? - part 1 because 2nd place is the first loser ;)Replied