Gruner Veltliner Wines
Gruner VeltlinerAh, what a majestic varietal. The Grüner Veltliner grape takes up around 33% of all vineyards in Austria and is also well-represented in Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic (where it takes up roughly 11% of all vineyards). Wines made from this magnificent varietal have recently bested even some top-class Chardonnays, proving their ability to compete on the world stage and carving their place in history. Aside from straight white wines, the Grüner Veltliner grape is used for various sparkling wines, showcasing an appealing versatility.
Certain Grüner Veltliner blends are made to be consumed shortly after production, whereas others are made to gather nuance and develop over at least a few years (usually longer). While they may not be very aromatic while still young, eventually you will pick up on compelling traces of celery or white pepper, with a thread of fine citrus binding it all together. Certain full-bodied blends bring a helping of honey to the mix, creating a syrupy, rich aesthetic that slowly engulfs your tastebuds much like a creamy cake would.
Drinking a glass or two of fine Grüner Veltliner is an existential, spiritual experience, one that you end up thinking about for months to come.