The Austrian winegrower Professor Dr. Fritz Zweigelt (1888-1964) studied natural science in Graz and later habilitated at the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences. In 1912 he entered the Klosterneuburg Wine Institute (Lower Austria), later became director of the institute and held this position until 1945. He was also strong in the fight against direct carrier respectively. hybrids, He is considered a deserving scientist in the field of vines breeding, but came under strong criticism after the end of the war in 1945. As a staunch National Socialist, he joined the NSDAP, which was then banned in Austria, in 1933 and became known through inglorious statements and actions. After the war, he was classified as a "follower" and was not a concern.
Fritz Zweigelt was very active in journalism and published over 500 publications. His name is inseparable from that he created and named after him new breedZweigelt (Picture) connected. In this context he said: The fact that there is a Zweigelt grape awakens mixed feelings in me - on the one hand the hope that it will probably survive me and on the other hand the hope that some people will get intoxicated with this wine, as I was intoxicated at the time the joy of successful breeding.
Due to his role in the so-called Third Reich, there were and are discussions about changing the name of the grape variety, which is difficult due to the established name. In the meantime, some winegrowers in Austria are offering the variety again as a Rotburger. Other new varieties from him are the less successful varieties Blauburger. Goldburger and Jubiläumsrebe, In Langenlois ( Kamptal ) runs his great-grandson Thomas Leithner a winery and also cultivates the Austrian grape variety created by his great-grandfather.