Try Something New: Zierfandler
Everything you need to know about this
beautiful varietal from Austria
A forgotten treasure
There are a few gape varietals that only grow in certain regions, and they are called “autochthonous” (ed. note: fancy party word!).
The Zierfandler is one of Austria’s “autochthonous” grapes. A crazy pretty vine by itself, and the grapes turn a lovely pinkish colour on sunny slopes, earning it the name “Spätrot” (late-red).
It’s really hard to find but when you do, it’s like finding a treasure you didn’t even know you were looking for.
Cool fact: The House of Habsburg loved it.
Sad fact: You can currently only find it around the town of Gumpoldskirchen in Lower Austria, where they often make a cuvée of this and the Rotburger, which is called a Gumpoldskirchner.
The wines are understated and quite acidic with a fruity finish. I prefer them when they are a little older, when they ripen and get thick and rich and tasty. A good Zierfandler is something you won’t forget, promise.
Drink this, it’s delicious.
Oh, and it has nothing to do with Zinfandel. We’ll talk about that another time.
Do we carry Zierfandler in our shop? Well, of course we do. We have several! Try Johannes Gebeshuber’s version!
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