In Austria, the leading red grape in terms of production is Blaufränkisch.
That would be Zweigelt, a juicy, fruity, easy wine, the result of a cross of Blaufränkisch and the simple grape variety St. Laurent. However, even though Zweigelt leads in production, Blaufränkisch is Austria’s highest quality and most revered red. Austrian Blaufränkisch is precise and sleek, with flavors of delicious woodland blueberries, a sense of forestiness, and a bit of a spicy bite. It is exactly the ticket for splicing through a spicy meat dish. Among our favorite producers are Moric and J. Heinrich.