What is Grüner Veltliner?
- White grape indigenous to Austria is grown all over the country
- Grüner is the german word for green as the grape has a distinct green color when ripe, the wine also has a distinct green tinge
- Blending this grape is extremely rare
- Generally considered to be a springtime wine
- Austrian Grüner Veltliner will have an Austrian flag on the cap
- Typically bottled in a long neck Riesling style bottle
- On the lower scale in terms of alcohol most around 12.5%
- A pot of Austrian producers are making Grüner Veltliner under screwcap
Where is Grüner Veltliner grown?
- Is the main white grape of Austria
- Is also grown in Slovakia and the Czech Republic
- Wachau in the northeast of Austria is the where the best Grüner Veltliner is grown
What does Grüner Veltliner taste like?
- Has a distinct spicy character, white pepper specifically
- High minerality and acidity
- Dry and delicate
- Sometimes oaked, sometimes not
- Green fruit, pair, apple as well as citrusy lemon and lime
- General all-purpose and all-people wine as is not too sweet, acidic, dry, sour, tart, anything, a great middle point
- Similar to Sauvignon Blanc or Gewürztraminer
- Herbaceous and vegetal, think lentils and asparagus
What food pairs with Grüner Veltliner?
- A very versatile wine that goes with everything. super food-friendly wine
- Goes best with fresh dishes such as salads or fish where the wine does not overpower it
- Fatty dishes such as salmon or cream sauce dishes as the acid and freshness cuts right through it
- The freshness and acid make Grüner Veltliner a great palate cleanser, so good for a dinner party with a variety of courses or a BBQ