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Zweigelt

Zweigelt is a red grape variety primarily found in Austria and is the country’s most widely planted red grape. Developed in 1922 by Fritz Zweigelt, it is a crossing of Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent grapes. Zweigelt wines tend to be light to medium-bodied, with delicate aromas and flavours of raspberry, blackberry and pepper.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Zweigelt grapes are light to dark red in colour, have thin skins and are relatively easy to grow. The wines produced are ruby red in colour, with aromas of fresh red fruits, such as raspberry, blackberry and cherry. They also have hints of pepper and spice. On the palate, Zweigelt wines are light and generally smooth, with light tannins and fresh acidity.

Fresh Zweigelt grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Zweigelt is grown primarily in Austria and is the country’s most widely planted red grape variety. It is also grown in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Germany. Zweigelt is an early budding, mid ripening variety with can produce high yields. The variety is known for its susceptibility to berry shrivel. In the winery, winemakers tend to use short maceration times and moderate oak aging to produce fresh wines for early consumption. In Austria, Zweigelt is used to produce a range of styles, from light, delicate wines to concentrated, full-bodied wines. In the Czech Republic, Zweigelt is used to produce light, floral wines with red fruit aromas. In Slovakia and Hungary, Zweigelt wines tend to be full-bodied and tannic, with intense aromas of dark fruits. Zweigelt wines pair well with a variety of dishes, from grilled vegetables, to heartier dishes such as grilled meats and stews.

Foods to pair with Zweigelt:

Pasta
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Zweigelt
Zweigelt is often blended with other grape varieties, such as Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent, to create unique and interesting wines.

Top Wines with Zweigelt

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Heinrich Red

Heinrich

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Gut Oggau

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Gut Oggau Atanasius Rot is a captivating red wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Hailing from a renowned appellation, this wine is crafted from grapes grown in exceptional vineyards. The winemaking process is meticulous, ensuring the highest quality. The wine exudes a distinct style, characterized by its rich flavors, balanced acidity, and elegant structure. With its deep red color and complex aromas, Gut Oggau Atanasius Rot is a true delight for wine enthusiasts. Its harmonious blend of flavors and impeccable craftsmanship make it a standout choice for those seeking a memorable wine experience.
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Claus Preisinger Puszta Libre! is a unique and exciting wine produced by Claus Preisinger, a renowned winemaker from Austria. This wine is made from grapes grown in the Burgenland region, which is known for its sandy soils and hot summers. The vineyard features old vines that are carefully tended to by hand, resulting in a wine that is full of character and complexity. The winemaking process involves minimal intervention, allowing the natural flavors and aromas of the grapes to shine through. The resulting wine is a vibrant and lively red, with notes of dark fruit, spice, and earth. It is a perfect example of the unique and exciting wines that can be found in Austria.
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Claus Preisinger Kieselstein Zweigelt Natural

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Claus Preisinger Kieselstein Zweigelt is a captivating red wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Crafted in a renowned appellation, this wine is made from grapes grown in exceptional vineyards. The vineyard features contribute to the wine's unique character, with its distinct terroir and favorable climate. The winemaking process is carefully executed, resulting in a wine that beautifully expresses the varietal's characteristics. With its vibrant and expressive style, Claus Preisinger Kieselstein Zweigelt offers a delightful balance of fruitiness and elegance. This wine is sure to impress wine enthusiasts seeking a high-quality and memorable experience.
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Meinklang Burgenland Red Natural

Meinklang

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Meinklang's Burgenland Red is an emblematic wine that beautifully encapsulates the ethos of biodynamic farming and natural winemaking practices, hailing from the picturesque region of Burgenland in Austria. The family-run Meinklang farm operates in harmony with nature, utilizing biodynamic principles to cultivate their vineyards and create wines that are a true reflection of their environment. This red blend, primarily composed of indigenous Austrian grape varieties such as Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, and St. Laurent, is a testament to the farm's commitment to sustainability and the expression of terroir. Grown in the fertile, mineral-rich soils of Burgenland, these grapes imbue the wine with a unique character and complexity. Fermented with native yeasts and minimal intervention, Meinklang's Burgenland Red is a vibrant, unfiltered wine that showcases the purity and vitality of its ingredients.
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