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Rotgipfler is a crossing of Traminer and Roter Veltliner. Likewise with Zierfandler, Rotgipfler is a speciality found virtually only in the Thermenregion.

probably Thermenregion, Austria

Natural crossing of Traminer x Roter Veltliner

113.07 ha; 0.3%

White wine grape variety

A picture shows grapes from the grape variety Rotgipfler

Important ampelographic features

© Austrian Wine / Oberleithner

Important ampelographic features


medium-sized, circular, five to seven ­lobes, red leaf veins, deeply lobed, with characteristic reddish-bronze vine shoots (giving Rotgipfler its name).

Grape cluster

medium to large, very densely berried, cone-shaped; berries are greenish-yellow in colour and very juicy.



very early
early to middle
middle to late
very late

Significance & conditions

The necessary growing conditions, in terms of soil and climate, can only be found in the Thermenregion. A warm, south-facing vineyard with the correct type of soil and a calcareous substratum is necessary for good shoot growth. Rotgipfler produces consistently high yields in ideally suited, fertile soils.

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 hand holding a glass of white wine.

Characteristics of the wine

© Austrian Wine / Blickwerk Fotografie

Characteristics of the wine

When the yield is sufficiently restricted, wines are characterised by a high extract content, pleasant acidity and a fine bouquet. Rotgipler tends to mature slowly and is mostly produced as a monovarietal wine, but is also blended with Zierfandler.


Autochthonous 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.