Back

Blaufränkisch - Zweigelt

Blaufränkisch - Zweigelt

Blaufränkisch is considered by many to be the most impressive Austrian red grape. A dark-berried variety which produces wines of real character, which are deeply fruity with fine acidity, good tannins and with typical flavours of liquorice and dark berries.

The Blaufränkisch grape is grown throughout eastern Europe but many of the best Blaufränkish wines are from Austria where it makes a fruity and spicy red wine that is graceful, powerful, complex with a refreshing acidity. Blaufränkisch has Pinot Noir's versatility - it can be made as rosé, a light and fruity red, clean and well bodied or aged and oaked. Thanks to the acidity and tanins it ages exceptionally well.

In Germany Blaufränkish is typically called Lemberger and in Hungary it is called Kékfrankos.

Our Blaufränkisch wines mostly come from great producers in the Austrian Burgenland region which has an ideal climate for Blaufränkisch. Our reference Blaufränkisch would be Gunter & Regina Triebaumer but we offer a wide choice of styles and terroirs so you can explore Blaufränkisch in all its facets. For example, Kiss is dense and mineral, Heidi Schröck's will show fruit and crystalline purity while Alex Schreiner makes it in an almost Italian style. We can offer a small selection of cult Blaufränkisch on occasion. We also sometimes have Kékfrankos from Hungary.

Pick yours, or scroll down to learn more.

Grid List

Set Descending Direction

16 Item(s)

  • Blaufränkisch Classic Günter & Regina Triebaumer

    Spicy, dense and quite simply delicious.
  • Blaufränkisch Reserve Günter & Regina Triebaumer

    Deep dense dark Blaufränkisch - if you want to impress, get this one
  • Rosé of Blaufränkisch Reserve Günter & Regina Triebaumer

    Refreshing, long, rich and not quite dry. Converts people to rosé!
  • Zweigelt Eiswein Weingut Josef Beyer

    Delicious Eiswein made of red grapes. One to cellar.
  • Blaufränkisch Kulm Heidi Schroeck

    The mineral side of Blaufränkisch
  • Junge Löwen Heidi Schroeck

    Crunchy fresh Blaufrankisch - ages surprisingly well too
  • Rubin Carnuntum Franz / Christine Netzl

    A delicious Zweigelt, more complex than the Zweigelt Classic
  • Blaufränkisch Leithaberg DAC Weingut Kiss

    Perfect Now
  • Zweigelt Erich Altenriederer

    Only made in good years, smooth spicy Zweigelt
  • Blauer Zweigelt Bisamberg Weingut Christ

    Cherry & spice and all things nice
  • Blaufränkisch GEN Alexs

    unique wine made from a young vineyard's first real harvest. Can never be repeated.
  • Blaufränkisch Cabernet Günter & Regina Triebaumer

    The way to approach Blaufrankisch
  • Point Cuvée Weingut Nigl

  • Zweigelt Haidacker Franz / Christine Netzl

    Huge complex Zweigelt which will impress.
  • Anna Christina Franz / Christine Netzl

    Always amongst the best reds in Austria.
  • Edles Tal Franz / Christine Netzl

    pulls off the elusive combination of power and finesse.

Grid List

Set Descending Direction

16 Item(s)

The Best Hunnish Grape

The name Blaufränkisch comes from the Middle Ages & the late Holy Roman Empire. Back then it was fashionable to think that everything good came from the original emperor, Charlemagne, and everything lesser came from the local Germanic/Eastern stock. So everything was classified into "Frankisch" and "Hunnisch".

Blaufränkisch, being a much favoured grape, was declared "The Quintessential Frankisch Wine".

It was of course, an early example of marketing, as ironically, DNA analysis has proven it was very much a local hunnish grape.

PS: In Germanic traditions the grapes are named on what colour they look like when ripe, rather than the colour of the wine they make. Hence most of the red wine grapes are called "blue", as they look blueish in the vineyard. In French traditions, they use the same logic and call the red grapes "black" (if you wipe the blue grape clean, it is black underneath).

Lineage

It is not known precisely where Blaufränkisch originated, but through DNA profiling it can be narrowed down to Austria, Hungary or Dalmatia.

Blaufränkisch is a child of Gwäss and a parent of Zweigelt and Blauer Portugieser amongst others. It has a seriously good lineage (juiceline?).

What to Expect

The wines tend to be a lovely deep ruby colour and the nose is almost physically chewable with lingering black fruits, combining with sweet tones of treacle and caramel and a hint of stewed prunes in the background. Absolutely gorgeous.

On tasting, it is a surprise to find that it is typically lighter in the body than the nose suggested. Flavours of black fruits, especially cherry, come through with hints of plum in the background. Some Zweigelt will give a lot of spice, especially cinnamon. The length of this wine can be astonishing.

Lineage

Zweigelt is named after its creator, Dr Zweigelt, who crossed St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch in 1922 at the research centre in Klosterneuburg. Whilst crossing two great grapes does not guarantee a greater, this comes pretty close. Both parents are used to making beautiful wine and the child is too.

It was originally named Rotburger and in places is still known by that synonym today. However that can be very confusing as there is another grape, totally unrelated, called Rotberger.

Knowing the parentage of Zweigelt, it is clear that it is the grandchild of both Gouais Blanc and Pinot, making it part of serious grape royalty. It is also a parent of Roesler, also created in Klosterneuburg, an up-and-coming red grape in Austria.

Contact Us