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.
2018 Buchegger Gruner Veltliner Ried Geppling92WEThe nose is shy but allows glimpses of yeasty richness and ripe pear. The palate comes in with freshness and a lovely zestiness that envelops the ripe, juicy pear notes. There is j..." Learn MoreFormats Available:As low as $16.99
2018 Bernhard Ott Gruner Veltliner Am Berg92WELemon zest, white pepper and salty yeast on the nose promise complexity. The palate is juicy and imbues that salty, yeasty core with juicy pear and orange peel freshness. This is r..." Learn MoreFormats Available:As low as $16.99
2019 Huia Single Vineyard Gruner Veltliner94WEThis is a shining example of a variety too rarely seen in New Zealand, in this reviewer's opinion. Huia's version is elegant and refreshing. It's also a total bargain. Pale yellow,..." Learn MoreFormats Available:As low as $16.95