Grüner Veltliner

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