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Zweigelt

Some people hold to the idea that only the white wines are any good in Austria. 

If you haven't tried Austrian reds, you are missing out, big time! - and Zweigelt is a good place to start.

Zweigelt is the most planted red grape in Austria, the classic red for Austria. It makes very smooth, fruity, aromatic reds, often with a surprising touch of spice, but can be made to every style from light thirst quenchers to surprisingly big monsters.

Zweigelt is not only made into dry wine. It makes some wonderful strohwein and even Eiswein. As a result there is a growing amount in Canada where they make a superb icewine.

Our Zweigelts come from all over Austria to show a variety of styles and terroirs, but our reference is the fabulous Zweigelts made by Franz Netzl (and now daughter Christine) in Carnuntum. Other very popular Zweigelts would be the lovely smooth budget Altenriederer from Traisental and the Bisamberg by Rainer Christ in Vienna

Pick yours, or scroll down to learn more.

 

Zweigelt' Wines

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Austria
Red

Franz & Christine Netzl
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Austria
Red

Weingut Christ
Cherry & spice and all things nice
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Austria
Red

Franz & Christine Netzl
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Austria
Red

Erich Altenriederer
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Austria
Red

Franz & Christine Netzl
The best red wine in Austria 2015 - Falstaff.
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Austria
Red

Harald Breitenfelder
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Austria
Red

Markowitsch
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Austria
Red

Franz & Christine Netzl
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Austria
Red

Stift Klosterneuburg
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Austria
Red

Weingut Nigl
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Austria
Red

Harald Breitenfelder
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Austria
Rosé

Weingut Familie Zull
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Austria
Red

Markowitsch
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Austria
Red

Weingut Günter & Regina Triebaumer
Goes with Life!
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Austria
Red

Erich Sattler
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Austria
Red

Christian Fischer
Single vineyard Zweigelt, delicious summer red with minerality
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Austria
Red

Franz & Christine Netzl
Complex Zweigelt which will impress.
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Austria
Red

Hofkellerei des Fürsten von Liechtenstein
Bold oaked Zweigelt.
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Austria
Red

Erich Sattler
Erich Sattler's reds take time to develop, but are magnificent after 10 years
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Austria
Red

Weingut Weninger
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Austria
Red

Delicious Eiswein made of red grapes. One to cellar.
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Austria
Red

Weingut Steininger
Zweigelt, as a Sekt. Red bubbles with taste.
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Austria
Red

Christian Fischer
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Austria
Rosé

Weinhof Waldschütz
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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.

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