While cool-climate Austria is known for its white wines, its reds are intriguing as well, particularly from the charming and versatile Zweigelt grape. Created in the 1920s by crossing Austria’s two other most prominent red grape varieties, Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent, Zweigelt is now the most planted red grape in the country. Developed to be weather-resistant and high-yielding, Zweigelt can make wines in a range of styles, from light, fresh, and simple to rich, oaked, and nuanced. Red fruit and spice characteristics are most associated with Zweigelt wines, which are typically soft, interesting, and approachable.
Get to know Austria’s Zweigelt grape with our illustrated guide below.