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Zweigelt Fritz

The Austrian wine-growing expert Professor dr. Fritz Zweigelt (1888-1964) studied natural science in Graz and later habilitated at the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences. In 1912 he entered the Klosterneuburger Weinbauinstitut (Lower Austria), later became director of the institute and held this position until 1945. He was also strong in the fight against the direct carrier respectively. hybrids, He is considered a meritorious scientist in the field of vines breeding, but came after the war in 1945 in strong criticism. As a convinced National Socialist, he joined in 1933 the then prohibited in Austria Nazi Party and was known by inglorious statements and actions. After the war, he was classified as a "follower" and not prosecuted.

Zweigelt Fritz - portrait and grape variety Zweigelt

Fritz Zweigelt was very active in journalism and published more than 500 publications. His name is inseparable from the one he created and named after him new breedZweigelt (Picture). In this context, he said that there is a Zweigelt grape in me mixed feelings - on the one hand, the hope that they will probably survive me on the other hand, the hope that some will be intoxicated with this wine, as I was intoxicated at the time the joy of successful breeding.

Through his role in the so-called Third Reich, there were and are discussions over a change of name of the grape variety, but this is difficult due to the established name. Meanwhile, some winemakers in Austria offer the variety again as Rotburger. Other new breeds of him are the less successful varieties Blauburger. Goldburger and Jubiläumsrebe, In Langenlois ( Kamptal ) operates his great-grandson Thomas Leithner a winery and cultivates there also the great grape variety created by the great-grandfather.

Portrait: NOEN (Lower Austrian News)
Grape: Ursula Bruehl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)

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