Gruner Veltliner is white wine grape variety which is primarily grown in Czech Republic, Slovakia and Australia. Popular for being a food friendly wine, this drink can be made into various styles. Drinking young without ageing it, is the recommended way to enjoy its flavors. Gruner Veltliner wine is available in spicy notes of tobacco, pepper, citrus fruits and in peach flavors. It is a full-bodied wine with a mineral backbone.
Origin of the Gruner Veltliner and Related Information
Gruner Veltliner origin can be related to the Roman times and specially associated with a region called Veltlin in Northern Italy. Earlier, Gruner Veltliner wine was known as Gruner Muskateller, but its name was later changed in 1930. This grape variety cultivation started expanding from 1950s after adoption of expansion plans. Efforts are still carried out to improve its quality.
Regions Producing Gruner Veltliner or growing grapes of Gruner Veltliner variety
Gruner Veltliner is produced mainly in the following regions:
• Austria – 32% of vineyards are located in the NE side of the country. It is grown mainly along Danube, Kamptal, Wachau and Kremstal. Some regions of Vienna are also known to grow this wine where warm climate aids the growth of vineyards.
• Slovak Republic – More than 2756 hectares are located in Gruner Veltliner. Massive expansion plans are being carried out to increase wine production in this region.
• Czech Republic – Southern Moravia near the Austrian border produces best quality Gruner Veltliner wine.
• Hungary – Few vineyards are scattered in this country. Lot of expansion work is being carried out in the region, to make the region suitable for wine consumption.
• United States – Wineries are located in Maryland, Finger Lakes, Oregon, New York State, Santa Ynez Valley and Clarksburg AVA.
Preparation of Gruner Veltliner
Gruner Veltliner pairs wonderfully with Asian dishes such as peanut sauce, oyster sauce, stir fried dishes and cold noodles. Lighter meals which include poultry, pork and veal are also recommended. North African cuisines, seafoods, soups and vegetarian dishes are taste wonderful.
Ageing/Serving Gruner Veltliner
Gruner Veltliner ages quite similar to Riesling. These are highly acidic in nature which helps to age well. With improved technology, modern versions of Gruner Veltliner wine ages for long term.
Gruner Veltliner: Trivia
Gruner Veltliner is one of the most versatile food wines which are known to pair with some of the most difficult foods such as asparagus and artichokes.