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VieVinum Masterclass: Zweigelt


Zweigelt is by far Austria’s most widely cultivated and most popular red wine variety. Wines made from Zweigelt span a wide range from youthful, vibrant & fresh bottlings to powerful, tightly structured and highly concentrated wines matured in oak.

In this special tasting, internationally renowned Austrian-born wine expert and Master Sommelier Stefan Neumann MS will illustrate the diversity & versatility of this quintessential Austrian grape variety, focussing on the two of the nation’s winegrowing regions where Zweigelt stands in the forefront, Neusiedlersee DAC (Burgenland) and Carnuntum DAC (Niederösterreich). Can Zweigelt become the next big international hit for Austrian reds? What styles of vinification offer the best prospects? There are exciting questions to share with the expert moderator, as well as with the participating winegrowers.

Masterclass at the VieVinum International Wine Festival
free entry, for wine trade & press only

Date: Sunday, 22 May 2022
Time: 10.00-11.15 am
Location: the Rittersaal, Hofburg Palace
Speaker: Stefan Neumann MS
Event language: Englisch

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Autochthone Rebsorte Zweigelt © ÖWM / Oberleitner
After 100 years, the autochthonous grape variety Zweigelt shows its perfection in the glass. © ÖWM / Oberleitner

Why Zweigelt?

Zweigelt is the most widely planted red wine grape variety in Austria and is celebrating a major anniversary in 2022. The native vine was first bred and cultivated exactly 100 years ago at Klosterneuburg, north of Vienna. This is the perfect occasion to take a closer look at the variety, its development and success story, its diversity and its two most important winegrowing regions.

Why Neusiedlersee?

Neusiedlersee DAC is all about Zweigelt, which is the leading variety in Burgenland’s largest winegrowing region, with some 1,810 hectares under vines. Ten years ago, its winegrowers officially committed themselves to this variety and defined it, in two styles of vinification, as their sole DAC grape variety and thus as their ‘wine of origin’. Zweigelt owes its special regional character – succulent and fruit-forward, with a slightly salty spice to it – not least to the geographic nature of Neusiedlersee DAC: small and medium-sized lakes with high salt and sodium carbonate content, a subterranean mineral-water lake and the special Pannonian microclimate, where Lake Neusiedl serves to moderate any extremes of hot and cold.

Mag. (FH) Torsten Aumüller
Verein Neusiedlersee DAC, Geschäftsführung

Telefon: +43-664-182 34 71

Why Carnuntum?

Carnuntum and Zweigelt are simply inseparable. This grape variety is the most important vine in the region and is closely interwoven with Carnuntum’s impressive success story. Exactly thirty years ago, the region’s winegrowers created »Rubin Carnuntum«, a branded wine vinified from Zweigelt that not only promoted regional identity, but also made an enormous contribution to domestic and international awareness of the region. In recent years, the winegrowers have also been involved with scientific exploration of the grape variety in Carnuntum, researching the best sites and optimal conditions for cultivating Zweigelt. The results can most effectively be tasted in the region’s »Riedenweine« (single-vineyard wines) and ÖTW Erste Lage wines.

Robert Payr
Die Carnuntum Weingüter, Präsident

Telefon: +43-664-230 75 35

Zweigelt shows its sunniest side © Neusiedlersee DAC
Refreshing Zweigelts from continental-climate Carnuntum © Carnuntum Weingüter

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