Tuesday, November 1, 2011

#WineChat tomorrow night is about Grüner Veltliner.

#WineChat tomorrow night is about Grüner Veltliner. Learn a thing or two before you start talking about it...

Grüner Veltliner

Synonyms: Weißgipfler, Grünmuskateller (AT), Veltlínské zelené (CZ), Zöld veltelini (HU), Veltlínske zelené (SK), Zeleni veltlinec (SL) 

Vineyard area in Austria: 13,518 ha, 29.4% 

Austria's most sigificant white wine variety is Grüner Veltliner, which most probably derives from a crossing with Traminer. The second parent remains unconfirmed, but it is thought to be a Century old variety discovered in St. Georgen in Burgenland. This thoroughly National Austrian variety is mostly found in the Weinviertel in lower Austria, where it plays an important role in the regionally typical Weinviertel DAC. Other regions that share the DAC status for Grüner Veltliner include Traisental, Kremstal, Kamptal as well as Leithaberg in Burgenland. Veltliner vineyards are also found historically in the Wachau and Wagram, as well as being cultivated in the northern parts of Burgenland and Vienna. The spectrum of wines is wide, ranging from light-bodied wines with an attractive tingle of carbon dioxide, often drunk young, to the opulent, rich vintage dry wines with exceptional cellaring potential. The variety is quite recognisable, with a spicy mixture of fruit (mostly apple) and spice (the signature pepper note), supported with lively, integrated acidity. Very ripe styles, such as the Smaragd wines from the Wachau or the Reserve styles from the DAC regions and Wagram display nuances of nut and dried fruit, complemented with tropical notes and honeyed aromas. 

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