Black grape variety propagated at the Federal Institute for Viticulture and Pomology at Klosterneuburg, Austria by Fritz Zweigelt through crossing St.Laurent and Blaufränkisch. This crossing created a grape capable of making distinctive, elegant wines with aging ability. Zweigelt is the most planted variety in Austria and is also popular in Canada, Ontario and the Niagara Peninsula, as well as in Japan. Jancis Robinson suggests that it may have exported more successfully if the name was less Germanic.

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