Happy Wine Wednesday! Today’s wine is a wonderful medley of aromatic spice and citrus from Austria. Can you say Grüner Veltliner? Don’t worry, I’ll teach you. Come try this refreshing and unlikely little Austrian gem!
Pronounced Grooo-ner (green) Velt-LEEN-er, some have been known to call it “Groovy”, for ease. But make no mistake, this is Austria’s signature and most abundant grape. Mostly grown in Austria alone, but it is starting to pop up in Hungary and Germany, Czech Republic, Australia and New Zealand and even the United States. But it has still been tough to beat the Austrian darling, Riesling, in popularity.
Grüner Veltliner is remarkable for a few reasons. It is such a versatile grape as it can be known for its layered spicy and peppery qualities but also as a light, fresh acidic white. It’s also a full-bodied wine so it can rival even the whites of the Burgundy region in France! Plus, it pairs well with so many kinds of food, especially vegetarian dishes! No wonder I love it so. It would be fantastic with zucchini, artichoke and asparagus recipes!
Glatzer wine is grown in Carnuntum, east of Vienna, known for being settled by the Romans. Traditional growing culture has continued in this perfect “microclimate” of cooling wind from the Danube and great warmth and wind protection from the Northeast. Sand reaching all the way to the Danube provides solid conditions for growing white varieties like Grüner Veltliner.
Glatzer’s Grüner Veltliner displays many of the fine characteristics one would expect: light citrus and spice on the nose. It is fragrant, ripe scented with a lovely pale, golden color. It has a great balance of layers: tart, citrus flavors of lemon and grapefruit alongside white, peppery spice and even a lovely touch of fizz. It’s crisp and clean. It’s delightful!
Don’t be afraid to try this Austrian gem. You just might find a new favorite! Enjoy!