Grape Expectations: Gruner Veltliner

Grüner Veltliner is Austria’s flagship grape variety. It’s another one of those that holds huge importance in its region of origin, but is rarely grown elsewhere (nor is there any particular reason why it should be).

Grüner, as it is often known, is vibrant, fresh and semi-aromatic. It is almost always made in a dry style, despite being frequently bottled in flute shaped glass, which often (incorrectly) causes drinkers to imagine a sweet wine.

The most notable characteristic of Grüner Veltliner is a note of white pepper, contributing an attractive spiciness to its citrus, grapefruit profile. It can also on occasion come across as somewhat vegetal, which may sound unappealing but in the right context lends complexity and interest.

Thomas Stopfer Grüner Veltliner Vom Loss, Wagram – Light colour, subtle citrus and grapefruit notes, light spice with lively acidity on the palate.

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