The red grape variety is a new breed Blue Portuguese x Blaufränkisch (which happened through 1997 DNA analysis has been confirmed). It must not be used with the varieties of Pinot Noir (similar to Pinot Noir ) or Rotburger (synonym for Zweigelt ) can be confused. Synonyms are Klosterneuburg 181-2 and Zweigeltrebe 181-2. The cross was made in 1923 by Dr. Fritz Zweigelt at the Klosterneuburg Wine Institute (NE). The variety was a cross partner in new breeding Rathay,
The early to mid-late ripening, productive vine is resistant to Botrytis but susceptible to real ones mildew and stem necrosis, It produces color-intensive, deep dark red wines with a velvety, Blaufränkisch like aroma, which is often called teinturier (Dye grape) can be used. The variety is mainly grown in Austria cultivated, where she occupied a total of 903 hectares of vineyards in 2009. There were further stocks in 2010 Germany (3 ha), amazingly New Zealand (5 ha) and Hungary (435 ha).
Images: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)