What is Gruner Veltliner

Gruner Veltliner is a white wine grape variety that is grown primarily in Austria. It is known for its high acidity and versatility, and can produce a wide range of wine styles, from crisp and dry to rich and full-bodied. It is also known for its spicy, pepper-like flavor and aroma. Gruner Veltliner is the most widely planted grape variety in Austria, with over 30% of the vineyards dedicated to it.

How do you pronounce Gruner Veltliner

Gruner Veltliner is pronounced “Grew-ner Velt-lee-ner.” 

What is Gruner Veltliner also known as

In Austria it’s also known as “Weißgipfler” and “Grüner Silvaner” in some regions. 

What does Gruner Veltliner taste like

Taste profile

High Acidity, Medium Alcohol, Medium Linus Body, Low Sweetness

Primary Flavours

Yellow Apple, Pear, Asparagus, White pepper, Flint

Storage & Handling

Gruner Veltliner should be stored and handled properly in order to preserve its quality and taste. Here are a few guidelines for storing and handling Gruner Veltliner:

Temperature: Gruner Veltliner should be stored in a cool, dark place, ideally between 45-55°F (7-13°C). Avoid storing the wine in an area with fluctuating temperatures or near a heat source.

Light: Light can cause the wine to spoil, so it’s important to keep Gruner Veltliner in a place that is not exposed to direct sunlight or fluorescent light.

Humidity: The ideal humidity level for storing wine is around 70%. Too much humidity can cause the wine to spoil, while too little can dry out the cork and allow air to enter the bottle.

Orientation: Gruner Veltliner should be stored on its side to keep the cork moist and prevent air from entering the bottle.

Handling: When handling Gruner Veltliner, be sure to keep the bottle upright and avoid shaking it. This can cause sediment to form in the wine and affect its taste.

Serving: Gruner Veltliner should be served at a cool temperature, between 44-50°F (7-10°C). It’s a good idea to chill the wine for 30 minutes in the refrigerator before serving.

It’s also important to note that, Gruner Veltliner should be consumed within 2-3 years from the vintage year.

Food Pairing

What do you pair with Gruner Veltliner?

You can pair Gruner Veltliner with a wide range of dishes to bring out its unique flavors and aromas. Here are a few food and Gruner Veltliner pairing suggestions:

Seafood: The high acidity and minerality of Gruner Veltliner make it a perfect match for seafood dishes such as oysters, scallops, and shrimp. The wine’s crispness can also cut through the richness of dishes like lobster or crab.

Poultry: Gruner Veltliner’s acidity complements the flavors of poultry dishes such as roast chicken or turkey. The wine’s spicy notes also make it a great match for dishes with herbs and spices, like rosemary or thyme.

Vegetable dishes: Gruner Veltliner’s minerality and acidity also complement the flavors of vegetable dishes such as asparagus, green beans, and zucchini.

Cheese: Gruner Veltliner can also pair well with a variety of cheeses such as feta, goat cheese, and gouda.

Spicy food: Gruner Veltliner’s pepper-like flavors make it a great match for spicy foods such as Thai or Indian cuisine.

Pork: The wine’s acidity and minerality make it a great match for pork dishes, such as pork roast or sausages.

It’s also important to note that Gruner Veltliner’s minerality can also complement the flavors of dishes with a minerality component, such as dishes with mushrooms, truffle or dishes with a minerality based sauces.

Where is Gruner Veltliner grown?

Gruner Veltliner, is primarily grown in Austria. It is the most widely planted grape variety in the country and considered one of Austria’s flagship grape varieties. The grape thrives in the cooler climates of the country’s eastern regions such as the Wachau, Kremstal, and Kamptal. These regions are known for producing dry, elegant wines with high acidity and a distinct spicy, pepper-like flavor that is unique to Gruner Veltliner. It’s also worth noting that Gruner Veltliner is grown in other countries such as the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and even in some small regions in the US and Canada, but the production is significantly less than in Austria.

We always recommend trying Gruner Veltliner from different regions to discover the variations in style and flavor. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a beginner, Gruner Veltliner is a versatile and delicious grape variety that is well worth exploring.