An all-purpose workhorse that is as at home with a roasted chicken as it is with a hamburger. Hofer's Zweigelt has the character of a cool-weather red, grown in the historic region near Vienna. With an intriguing aroma of licorice, damp earth and someth
To those of us whose formative wine experiences were the varietal wines of California, a liter bottle of a red wine called "Zweigelt" (ZVIE-gelt) is as foreign as it gets. And I must admit, the easy drinking cross (Blaufrankish and St. Laurent) created in 1922 by Dr. Zweigelt) is leaner than the majority of domestic wines, and fresher tasting, too.
The most popular red wine in Austria, Zweigelt is to Austria perhaps what Dornfelder is to Germany and Beaujolais is to France--an all-purpose workhorse that is as at home with a roasted chicken as it is with a hamburger. When we sampled this wine at an L.A. tasting last summer, we knew this would be the kind of fruity, sassy, dependable red wine we could happily drink all year long. Hofer's Zweigelt has the character of a cool-weather red, as one can expect wines grown in the historic region near Vienna. With an intriguing aroma of licorice, damp earth and something floral lurking about, the flavors also reflect those characteristics, and it's not at all sweet.
The Hofer family farms vineyards in the village of Auersthal, located in Austria's wine region, Weinviertel, just beyond Vienna’s northern suburbs. The gently rolling hills where the vineyards are located are made up of deep loess soils, planted mainly to grüner veltliner, in addition to some zweigelt and riesling. The Hofers grow organic grains; rye, barley, and alfalfa, which are raised for consumption, and used as cover-crops in their vineyards. It is rare in this wine region of Weinvertel to find such high quality wines farmed with such meticulous attention and respect for the land. H&M Hofer is a certified organic producer.