Fruity, fresh white wine enjoyment - the taste of Grüner Veltliner
Leading the way in the revitalizing, quality-conscious reconstruction of the Austrian wine industry and since then found throughout the country, Grüner Veltliner 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-rich Grüner Veltliner white wine. Many countries are experimenting with it, but the Austrian level is as high and seemingly unattainable as many a white 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 doesn't cooperate.
Light, tangy and acidic versions of the straw-yellow Grüner Veltliner wine are usually drunk young, sometimes even with a shot of water. Such a "G'spritzter" is in contrast to the late harvested, full-bodied and dry wine style, which reveals a great storage potential. Primarily, the nose recalls peach and apricot, with mineral aromas later pouring in, united with notes of sage, pea pods and especially honeydew melon. The powerful bouquet combines white pepper, tobacco, apple, citrus fruits, partly also nutmeg, rounding off 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 cannot be clearly proven. Only the parents, Traminer and an almost extinct variety called St. Georgen, are identified. However, the autochthonous Grüner Veltliner undeniably has its home in Austria, where it can look back on a long cultivation history. In 1929, the oenologist and winemaker Lenz Moser laid the final foundation for the overwhelming success of the grape variety. His introduced high culture, prevailed against the stick culture as wine cultivation method, which had been common for thousands of years. In the hard winter of 1929 all vines froze to death, only the vines cultivated by Moser in high culture remained largely unharmed. Among them was the Grüner Veltliner, which from then on was the dominant grape variety in Austria.
The glycol wine scandal, in which the mixing of wine with antifreeze was uncovered at some vintners, caused the entire Austrian wine industry to rethink. From then on, a new quality awareness was founded in the daily handling of wine. Grüner Veltliner was one of the driving forces behind the impeccable status that Austrian wines enjoy today. The success of the white wine has caused a sensation internationally, and 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 remarkable success. However, the main cultivation area is and remains Austria, where ⅓ of the vineyards, which is about 17,000 hectares, are planted with Grüner Veltliner. The grape variety lines the slopes along the Danube valley, from Wachau to Wagram the vines grow on the loess soils, the not too steep hills, overlooking the European river.
Grüner Veltliner recommendation
- Grüner Veltliner Kellerberg Smaragd - Domäne Wachau
From the renowned growing region Wachau, home of the Steinfeder and the Federspiel, comes the highly awarded Kellerberg Smaragd from Domäne Wachau. Not named after the gemstone, but the Smaragd lizard that basks in the sun on the vineyards along the Danube. The nuanced aroma of apple, peach, grapefruit, tobacco and pepper, expresses itself in the light green-yellow body. 93 points from Fallstaff don't lie - The best Grüner Veltliner wines don't either.
- The Intern Grüner Veltliner - Rockabilly Wine Cult
A fresh approach from intern Jannik. The intern internalizes a fruity mix of honeydew melon, papaya and banana in its golden yellow color. 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 - Winery Hammel
From Weingut Hammel comes a quite outstanding and single-varietal, German white wine made from Grüner Veltliner grapes. The addition Grosses Holz, alludes to the large, 80-year-old oak barrel in which the white wine matures for 10 months "sur lie" on the full lees. A distinctive top wine from the Palatinate - Grüner Veltliner from Germany.
Interesting facts about Grüner Veltliner
What is Grüner Veltliner?
Grüner Veltliner, also called Weißgipfler, is a white wine primarily produced in Austria. The white wine is characterized by a fresh, tangy and mineralistic taste. Main cultivation areas 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, which is considered the highest quality level. Smaller 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 which food does Grüner Veltliner white wine go well?
Grüner Veltliner is a harmonious companion to all courses of a meal. Whether 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 examples should also be drunk young. Dry varieties of Grüner Veltliner, on the other hand, have a good shelf life and can be stored for up to 5 years. Basically, white wine needs a cool, dark and temperature-resistant place.
At what drinking temperature should Grüner Veltliner be drunk?
Grüner Veltliner should be served at 8° Celsius.
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 2015 from Weingut Domäne Wachau, can also be decanted and left to stand for an hour.
How long 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.
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