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 Gruner Veltliner Wine

Gruner Veltliner – the signature grape of Austria – is by far the nation's most widely planted wine grape. As Austria battles its way back onto the international wine market as a key wine-producing nation, crisp, subtly spicy Gruner Veltliner has been its flagship wine.

The variety's name might be hard to pronounce for the uninitiated, but Austria's incisive marketeers have turned this to their advantage, dubbing the variety "Gru-Ve", or even "Groovy". Gruner means "green" and neatly reflects not only the variety's yellowish-green berries, but also the freshness and green-pepper character which typifies Gruner Veltliner wines. Veltliner – a suffix shared by several European grape varieties (notably pink-skinned Roter Veltliner) – is a reference to the varieties' possible origins in Valtellina (Veltlin in German).

Gruner Veltliner
Super-ripe Gruner Veltliner grapes
Daniel Weber

Gruner Veltliner pairs well with a number of foods. Its naturally high acid and full-bodied texture make it a versatile and exotic alternative to Chardonnay. In fact, the best Gruner Veltliner wines are often compared to the great white wines of Burgundy for their intensity, weight and ability to age. However Gruner’s actual lineage comes from Traminer and an obscure Austrian grape variety called St. Georgener-Rebe.

There are two key styles of Gruner Veltliner wines: the first lighter, fresher and citrus-focused, the second spicier, weightier and more complex. The first category capitalizes on Gruner's strong citrus characteristics: lemon peel and grapefruit, usually complemented by some vegetal notes and the variety's trademark hint of peppery spice. These lighter wines are sometimes bottled with a gentle spritz to emphasize their light, fresh style.

The second style produces weightier wines which showcase the variety's distinctive white-pepper character. The wines are dry but richly textured, complex and spicy, so much so in fact that many are unapproachable until several years after vintage. With time they soften and display more honeyed, almost marmalade-like characteristics which match their attractive, deep golden hue. These wines are typically made from older, lower-yielding vines, and are correspondingly higher-priced.

Gruner Veltliner is grown extensively around Vienna and Lower Austria, as it ripens too late for most of northern Europe. It is also widely cultivated (although scarcely exported) in Slovenia and the Czech Republic. Northern Italy, New Zealand, Australia and the USA are also developing Gruner Veltliner plantings.

Synonyms include: Weissgipfler, Grunmuskateller, Veltlin, Veltlin Zelene, Veltlinske Zelene, Zeleni Veltlinec, Zoldveltelini, Zold Veltlini.

Food matches include:
Europe: Wiener schnitzel with a cucumber and white pepper salad; stuffed tomatoes (yemistes)
Asia: Kaffir lime-wrapped chicken skewers; wasabi tuna salad
Americas: Waldorf salad; zucchini tarta (quiche)
Australasia/Oceania: Tuna tartare and wasabi and peppercorn mayo; pan-fried snapper with asparagus spears


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Region 
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Weingut Stadlmann Gruner Veltliner, Thermenregion, Austria Thermenregion $13 1910
Rudi Pichler Wosendorfer Hochrain Gruner Veltliner Smaragd, Wachau, Austria Wachau $45 2521
Weingut Erich & Maria Berger Gruner Veltliner, Kremstal, Austria Kremstal $11 3811
Weingut Fred Loimer Lois Gruner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria Kamptal $13 5259
Weingut Laurenz V. 'Laurenz und Sophie Singing' Gruner Veltliner, Kremstal, Austria Kremstal $15 6558
Schloss Gobelsburg Gobelsburger Gruner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria Kamptal $15 6631
Weingut Franz Hirtzberger Honivogl Gruner Veltliner Smaragd, Wachau, Austria Wachau $72 7864
F.X. Pichler M Gruner Veltliner Smaragd, Wachau, Austria Wachau $77 8378
Familie Saahs Nikolaihof Hefeabzug Gruner Veltliner, Wachau, Austria Wachau $25 8494
F.X. Pichler Durnsteiner Kellerberg Gruner Veltliner Smaragd, Wachau, Austria Wachau $73 11039
Weingut Emmerich Knoll Ried Loibenberg Gruner Veltliner Smaragd, Wachau, Austria Wachau $38 12781
Weingut Meinhard Forstreiter Grooner Gruner Veltliner, Kremstal, Austria Kremstal $11 13591
Bio-Weingut H.u.M Hofer Gruner Veltliner, Weinviertel, Austria Weinviertel $10 13745
Weingut Emmerich Knoll 'Vinothekfullung' Gruner Veltliner Smaragd, Wachau, Austria Wachau $55 14653
Weingut Fred Loimer Gruner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria Kamptal $18 14833
Domane Wachau Gruner Veltliner, Wachau, Austria Wachau $15 15962
F.X. Pichler Loibner Berg Gruner Veltliner Smaragd, Wachau, Austria Wachau $50 16572
Weingut Markus Huber Hugo Gruner Veltliner, Traisental, Austria Traisental $11 16884
Weingut Willi Brundlmayer Gruner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria Kamptal $8 18342
Weingut Emmerich Knoll Gruner Veltliner Federspiel, Wachau, Austria Wachau $20 18379
Weingut Nigl Freiheit Gruner Veltliner, Kremstal, Austria Kremstal $20 18412
Weingut Hopler Gruner Veltliner, Burgenland, Austria Burgenland $15 18504
Weingut Salomon-Undhof Hochterrassen Gruner Veltliner, Kremstal, Austria Kremstal $13 19121
Weingut Hirsch Kammerer Heilegenstein Gruner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria Kamptal $18 19903
Weingut Franz Hirtzberger Rotes Tor Gruner Veltliner Federspiel, Wachau, Austria Wachau $26 19941
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