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Austria, the land of mountains and lakes, has more to offer than great landscapes. It is also home to one of the world's greatest wines: Grüner Veltliner. This wine has earned its place in the international wine world. It is appreciated by connoisseurs and wine critics alike.
Fruity, fresh white wine enjoyment - taste of Grüner Veltliner
It is a leader in the re-vitalizing, quality-oriented reconstruction of the Austrian wine industry. Since then, Grüner Veltliner has been everywhere and is considered Austria's national variety. Vintners are mightily proud of their fruity and tangy white wine. And why not? Half the wine world envies Austrian viticulture for its ideal terroir. Not to mention the fresh and mineral Grüner Veltliner white wine. Many countries are experimenting with it. But the level from Austria is as high and seemingly difficult to reach as many a peak in the Alps.
White peaks and Grüner Veltliner; that fits. The white wine is not called Weißgipfler for nothing. And like a summit climb, so is the wine. Fresh, intense and for some sour. If the weather does not cooperate.
Light, tangy and acidic variants of Grüner Veltliner are usually drunk young, sometimes even with a shot of water. Such a "G'spritzter" contrasts with the late-harvest, full-bodied and dry wine style, which reveals great lager potential. Primarily, the nose recalls peach and apricot. Later, mineral aromas flow in, united with notes of sage, pea pods and honeydew melon. The powerful bouquet combines white pepper, tobacco, apple, citrus, partly nutmeg. This rounds out the fresh, tangy character of the white wine.
Blue Danube, white peaks, Grüner Veltliner - Origin of the Austrian national variety
Grüner Veltliner was first mentioned in 1855. Where the name originally comes from is not entirely clear. Only the parents - Traminer and an almost extinct variety called St. Georgen - are identified. However, the autochthonous Grüner Veltliner has its home in Austria. Here it can look back on a long history of cultivation. The oenologist and winemaker Lenz Moser laid the final foundation for the success of the grape variety in 1929. His high culture prevailed over the stock culture that had been common as a wine cultivation method for thousands of years. In the harsh winter of 1929, all the vines froze to death. Only the vines grown by Moser in high culture remained largely intact. Among them was the Grüner Veltliner. From then on, it was the dominant grape variety in Austria.
The glycol wine scandal, in which the mixing of wine with antifreeze was uncovered at some winegrowers, caused the entire Austrian wine industry to rethink. A new awareness of quality emerged in the daily handling of wine. Grüner Veltliner was one of the driving forces behind the top status that Austrian wines enjoy today. The success of the white wine has caused a sensation internationally. Many countries are trying to grow Grüner Veltliner in domestic vineyards as well. One can find smaller stocks of the grape variety in Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The USA, Australia and New Zealand are also experimenting with the grape variety, sometimes with great success. However, the main cultivation area is and remains Austria. Here, ⅓ of the vineyard area - that's around 17,000 hectares - is devoted to Grüner Veltliner. The grape variety lines the slopes along the Danube Valley. From Wachau to Wagram, the vines grow on the loess soils of the not too steep hills. With a view of the European river.
From the Wachau, home of Steinfeder and Federspiel, comes the highly awarded Kellerberg Smaragd from Domäne Wachau. Named not for the gemstone, but for the emerald lizard that basks on the vineyards along the Danube. The multi-faceted aroma of apple, peach, grapefruit, tobacco and pepper expresses itself in the light green-yellow body. 93 points from Falstaff don't lie - neither do the best Grüner Veltliner wines.
The intern Grüner Veltliner - Rockabilly wine cult
A fresh approach from intern Jannik. The Intern comes with a golden yellow color and a fruity mix of honeydew melon, papaya and banana. On the palate, the dry white wine from Rockabilly Weinkult appears creamy, with balanced residual sweetness and acidity. A masterstroke from the intern.
Grüner Veltliner Grosses Holz dry - Hammel Winery
From Weingut Hammel comes a quite superb and single-varietal German white wine made from Grüner Veltliner grapes. The addition of "Grosses Holz" alludes to the large, 80-year-old oak barrel. In which the white wine matures for over 10 months "sur lie", i.e. on the full lees. A distinctive top wine from the Palatinate - Grüner Veltliner from Germany.
The history of Grüner Veltliner
The history of Grüner Veltliner goes back to the Middle Ages. It is closely linked to the wine region of Lower Austria in the northeast of the country. This region is known for its diverse soils, ranging from loessy loam to gravelly soils. And for its Pannonian climate, characterized by warm days and cool nights. These conditions are ideal for the cultivation of Grüner Veltliner.
Originally, Grüner Veltliner was cultivated in the Waldviertel, a sub-region of Lower Austria. But over time, cultivation spread to other parts of Austria, including Kamptal, Kremstal and Wachau. Each of these regions produces Grüner Veltliner with different characteristics. But all share the characteristic freshness and elegance of this wine.
The characteristics of Grüner Veltliner
Grüner Veltliner is a versatile wine that can be produced in diverse styles. From light and fruity to complex and mineral. The main characteristics of this wine are:
Fruitiness: Grüner Veltliner often shows aromas of green apple, pear, citrus and peach. This fruitiness is often accompanied by a refreshing acidity that makes the wine lively and balanced.
Spice: Another distinctive characteristic of Grüner Veltliner is its spicy note, often reminiscent of white pepper. This spiciness adds complexity and depth to the wine.
Minerality: Depending on the growing region, Grüner Veltliner can have a minerality reminiscent of wet stones or slate. This adds an extra dimension to the wine and makes it particularly interesting.
Versatility: Grüner Veltliner can be produced in diverse styles. From fresh and light to ripe and powerful. This makes it a versatile companion for many types of food. From light salads to spicy Asian dishes.
The international success of Grüner Veltliner
In recent decades, Grüner Veltliner has also gained popularity outside of Austria. It is particularly popular in Germany and the USA. Its climatic adaptability has led to its cultivation in other wine regions of the world.
The characteristics of Grüner Veltliner have led it to be highly rated by many international wine critics. Its versatility on the palate and the possibilities of pairing it with various foods, make it a top choice for wine lovers around the world.
Grüner Veltliner is undoubtedly a treasure from Austria that has captured the hearts of wine connoisseurs. Whether you enjoy it on its own or serve it to guests, Grüner Veltliner will delight you with its special charm. And offer you a taste of Austrian wine tradition. Cheers!
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Things to know about Grüner Veltliner
What is Grüner Veltliner? Grüner Veltliner, also called Weißgipfler, is a white wine produced primarily in Austria. The white wine is characterized by a fresh, tangy and mineral taste. Main areas of cultivation are Wachau, Kremstal, Kamptal, Wagram. However, it can be found in almost all wine-growing regions of Austria. The dry vinified white wines from the Wachau are considered an exquisite specialty with the protected epithet Smaragd. This is considered the highest quality level. Small stocks can also be found in Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the USA, New Zealand and Australia. Grüner Veltliner grows excellently on loess, clay and loam soils.
With what food goes Grüner Veltliner white wine? Grüner Veltliner is a harmonious companion to all courses of a menu. Be it beef, poultry, pork, seafood, fish dishes or mushroom dishes, its fresh character complements both rich meals and desserts. Grüner Veltliner is especially recommended during asparagus season.
How to store Grüner Veltliner white wine? Young and acid reduced specimens should also be drunk young. Dry variants of Grüner Veltliner, on the other hand, have a good shelf life and can be stored for up to 5 years. Basically, the white wine needs a cool, dark and temperature resistant place.
At what temperature should Grüner Veltliner be drunk? Grüner Veltliner should be served at 8 °C.
How long does Grüner Veltliner need to breathe? Grüner Veltliner should be given some time to breathe after opening. A dry vinified Grüner Veltliner, such as the Grüner Veltliner Kellerberg Smaragd from Domäne Wachau, can also be decanted and left to stand for an hour.
What is the shelf life of an opened bottle of Grüner Veltliner white wine? An opened bottle of Grüner Veltliner can be stored closed in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Where can I buy Grüner Veltliner white wine? Grüner Veltliner can be purchased in well-stocked specialist shops or online, e.g. at VINELLO.
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