Facts on Grüner Veltliner
Wine Selectors wine Educator, Adam Walls showcases the qualities of this Groovy Austrian varietal.
The signature grape of Austria, Grüner Veltliner is the most widely planted grape variety in the country. Its most famed regions are those of Wachau, Kremstal and Kamptal, where vineyards are grown above the Danube River.
Grüner Veltliner is a newcomer to the Australian wine scene, with the first example released in 2009 by Lark Hill Winery in Canberra.
The second came in 2010 from Hahndorf Hill in the Adelaide Hills and today, the Hills has the largest concentration of Grüner vines in Australia, with approximately 30 different labels produced. In 2014, the Adelaide Hills Wine Show became the first regional wine show in Australia to host a specific Grüner Veltliner category.
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To get around the fact that Grüner Veltliner is hard to pronounce, Austria’s innovative marketers have dubbed it ‘Gru-Ve’ and even ‘Groovy.’
Grüner means ‘green’, which neatly reflects both the variety’s yellow-green berries and its fresh green pepper character.
Classic Grüner Veltliner wines show citrus aromas (lemon peel and grapefruit) complemented by stone fruit, yellow apple, green pear and fresh vegetal notes and the trademark hint of white pepper.
The majority of Grüner wines are similar in style to both Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, so if you’re a fan of these varieties, you’re going to love Grüner too.
The fresher styles suit many salad leaves and vegetables, as well as being mouth-watering aperitifs. The bigger wines combine naturally high acidity and full-bodied texture, which can be matched to richer dishes such as poultry, salmon and creamy seafood – or classic schnitzel!
Adelaide Hills Grüner Veltliner have racy acidity that pairs with fatty meat dishes like pork, veal, terrines (and, of course, Kanmantoo Mallee smoked mettwurst). Its spiciness also complements dishes influenced by Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese flavours – chilli heat, lime and lemon sourness and soy umami.
For more great information about varietals, be sure to check out our dedicated Wine Varietals section.