Grüner Veltliner Grape Variety
Grüner Veltliner is a white grape variety that is most famous in Austria. It is indigenous to Austria and is grown extensively in nearly every Austrian wine region. The best examples of Grüner Veltliner wines are found in the north-east of the country, particularly regions such as the Wachau, Kamptal and Kremstal which border the Danube river.
Grüner Veltliner is a late ripening variety that typically produces wines that are pale green in colour and display fruit notes of grapefruits, limes, pears, and sometimes hints of white pepper. They normally possess a steely backbone of acidity which enables the best bottles to age gracefully. The grape's natural acidity accompanied by its restrained and understated fruit characters makes its wines ideal partners for food. This is a marvellous alternative to the more mainstream white grape varieties and more examples are to be found from countries such as New Zealand.