Get to Know Zweigelt
What is it?
Zweigelt is a red wine grape variety that was created in 1922 by Austrian scientist Dr. Fritz Zweigelt. It is a cross between two other grape varieties, St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch. Since its creation, it has become one of the most widely planted red grape varieties in Austria, and is also grown in other countries such as Germany, the Czech Republic, and Canada.
Where it's grown:
The majority of Zweigelt is grown in Austria, where it is the second most widely planted red grape variety after Blaufränkisch. It is particularly popular in the regions of Burgenland and Niederösterreich, where it is often used to make light, fruity red wines. Zweigelt is also grown in other parts of Europe, such as Germany and the Czech Republic, as well as in Canada.
What it tastes like:
Zweigelt is typically a medium-bodied wine with medium tannins and moderate acidity. It has aromas of dark fruits such as black cherry, blackberry, and plum, as well as spices like black pepper and cinnamon. On the palate, it has flavors of ripe fruit and a slight earthiness. Zweigelt can be made in a range of styles, from light and fruity to more full-bodied and complex.
What to pair it with:
Zweigelt is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of foods. Its medium body and moderate tannins make it a good match for dishes with medium intensity flavors, such as roasted meats, stews, and game. It also pairs well with pizza, pasta with tomato sauce, and charcuterie. For cheese pairings, try Zweigelt with Gouda or Cheddar. For a unique pairing, try Zweigelt with spicy Asian cuisine, as the wine's fruity flavors can help balance out the heat.Overall, Zweigelt is a fun and flavorful wine that is worth trying if you're looking for something new. Its versatility makes it a great choice for both casual and formal occasions, and its fruity flavors and moderate tannins make it a crowd-pleaser. So go ahead and give Zweigelt a try, and see why it has become one of Austria's most popular grape varieties!