Until the 2000s, Zweigelt was predominantly considered a cuvée partner and its main USP was its high yield. To help change that image and realise the potential of the grape variety in the region, a separate Zweigelt working group was founded in Carnuntum in 2006. Part of the new awareness of Zweigelt was to vinify it as a single variety, vinify old vines separately and test different vinification methods. Above all, the group tasted, judged and discussed a lot together.
"The collaboration between all the Rubin wineries and the common search for excellence have given us a lot of impetus as a territory and motivated us to take on whole new ventures", explains Gerhard Markowitsch.
The trend towards fresher wines, cooler aromas and individual expression in red wines was recognised by the "Zweigelt whisperers" from Carnuntum before it became an international trend. As an early ripening variety, Zweigelt finds the best conditions in the continental climate of Carnuntum and therefore scores with a special liveliness, complex expression and "pithy" style. In all stages of its development and maturation, Zweigelt from Carnuntum knows how to surprise and shows it also has potential when it comes to ageing. When it comes to food pairing, it is considered an all-rounder, matching everything from Italian classics to game. Slightly chilled, it comes into its own in barbecue season, and mature Zweigelt even goes well with fish dishes thanks to its silky tannins and freshness. No matter which Zweigelt from Carnuntum you choose, two things are always guaranteed: drinking pleasure and a great price-performance ratio.