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

49.71 ha; 0.1%


New crossing between Klosterneuburg 1189-9-77 (= Seyve Villard 18-402 and Blaufränkisch) by Dr. Gertrude Mayer at the LFZ in Klosterneuburg

Vineyard area

This variety has been an approved Qualitätswein variety in Austria since 2000 and is one of the fungus-resistant varieties.

A picture shows grapes of the grape variety Ráthay.

Important ampelographic features

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Important ampelographic features


medium-sized, cone-shaped to pentagonal, five lobes

Grape cluster

medium-sized, medium density, cylindrical, with secondary clusters; berries are dark blue to black in colour



very early
early to middle
middle to late
very late

Significance & conditions

The good colour of this grape makes it suitable for use in blends. The variety has good partial resistance to oidium and Peronospora and is very tolerant of winter frosts.

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:

The Leithaberg and Neusiedlersee wine-growing regions overlap by almost 160 ha (Rieds Hausberg and Neuberg), according to the Austrian Wine Law. This means that the listed area under vine in Burgenland is 160 ha less than the actual total area across all wine-growing regions in Burgenland.

A picture shows a person holding a glass of red wine.

Characteristics of the 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: Calculation by Austrian Wine based on data from BML/IACS (as at 28 June 2023). Moving annual total (MAT) from June 2022 to June 2023.



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