Ráthay is a new crossing conducted at the viticultural school in Klosterneuburg, and became an official Quality variety in 2000.


Austria, LFZ Klosterneuburg


New breed from the Klosterneuburg 1189-9-77 (= Seyve Villard 18-402 x Blaufränkisch) x Blauburger

Vineyard area

41.77 ha; 0.1%


New breed by Dr.Gertrude Mayer, LFZ Klosterneuburg.

Vineyard area

Registered as a quality grape variety since 2000, and is one of the PIWI varieties.

A picture shows grapes of the grape variety Ráthay.
© Austrian Wine / Oberleithner

Important ampelographic features


medium-sized, conical to pentagonal; five lobes

Grape cluster

medium-sized; moderately compact berries; cylindrical, with wings; the grapes are dark blue to black in colour



very early
early to middle
middle to late
very late

Significance & conditions

Because of its robust colour, this variety is used also as a blending partner. It is partially resistant to oidium and peronospora. It is resistant to winter frost.

Area under vine in Austria
(as a proportion of the variety’s total area)

Click on the wine origin in the list for a breakdown into more specific regions of origin.

Total area in Austria: 41.77 ha

A picture shows a person holding a glass of red wine.
© Austrian Wine / WSNA

Characteristics of the wine

The deep, dark wines are full-bodied, and rich in extract and tannins. They are ready to drink early on.



New Varieties

Source varietal specifications: Höhere Bundeslehranstalt und Bundesamt für Wein- und Obstbau (Federal College and Federal Office for Viticulture, Oenology and Fruit Growing) in Klosterneuburg, “Austria’s Qualitätswein grape varieties and their clones“ („Österreichische Qualitätsweinrebsorten und deren Klone“), 2nd, reviewed edition, September 2015

Source area under vine: Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism according to IACS (as at 31 May 2022)


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