This is the sixth of our exciting series of grape variety tastings showcasing some of the best examples across the world of wine of a given variety. On this evening, we will be tasting eight fantastic expressions of Gruner Veltliner.
Grüner Veltliner is a dry white wine that grows almost only in Austria, in fact it accounts for roughly 75% of all Gruner Veltliner plantings from around the world! The name translates to “Green Wine of Veltlin” where Veltlin was an area in the lower Alps during the 1600’s which is now part of the region of Valtellina, Italy.
Grüner Veltliner is the most important autochthonous grape variety in Austria. Today, the variety is widely planted especially in Niederösterreich and northern Burgenland. Producing an origin-typical DAC wine, this variety holds special rank in several winegrowing regions. While its cultivation decreased between 1999 and 2020, it still maintains the dominant position in Austria's total vineyard surface area.
The primary fruit flavors in Grüner Veltliner are lime, lemon and grapefruit. There is also a green and herbaceous flavor that is often described as white pepper and it's a wonderful, and exotic alternative to Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc. However, what makes Grüner Veltliner wine so unique is its signature vein of acidity that explodes in your mouth. More affordable Grüner Veltliner (around the $10-20 mark) loses this acid burst quickly after every sip, but high quality Grüner wine will have a delicate tingly aftertaste, kind of like a roller-coaster
Wines on Tasting:*
Loimer - Gruner Veltliner Pet-Nat
Ingrid Groiss - Weinviertel Gruner Veltliner
Brundlmayer - Kapmtal Gruner Veltliner
Emmerich Knoll - Wachau Gruner Veltliner Smaragd
Stadt Krems - Kremstal Gruner Veltliner
Blank Canvas - Marlborough Gruner Veltliner
Hahndorf Hill - Adelaide Hills Gruner Veltliner
Briar Ridge - Hunter Valley Gruner Veltliner
Schloss Gobelsberg Eiswein
Note - due to stock or vintage changes some wines may be substituted. This list is indicative of what may be on offer*