Oh Grooo-ner Velt-LEEN-er, you got me again. This herbal and smooth Austrian white wine is perfect year round. Have a taste, won’t you?
Located in the northeast corner of Austria, the Pratsch family has been farming the land for eight generations. However, it is only over the last 30 or so years that they switched to only growing grapes. And then they decided to dedicate their efforts to both a holistic and biodynamic approach to growing and harvesting those grapes. Their most recent and young winemaker, Stefan Pratsch, firmly believes that nature provides everything the plants need and it is his job to facilitate that method.
This 2012 Grüner Veltliner is smooth, crisp and herbal. There is great balance of layers: A bit tart and lovingly aromatic. There are wonderful flavors of lime and green apple. There is a touch of spice alongside that fantastic minerality that makes this medium-bodied wine a winner.
Pronounced Grooo-ner (green) Velt-LEEN-er, this is Austria’s signature and most abundant grape. 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!
(Photo courtesy of Biohof Pratsch.)