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Grüner Veltliner
Gruner Veltliner (Green Veltliner) is the signature grape of Austria, and by far the nation's most widely planted wine grape. On the wine market the Gruner Veltliner is the flagship wine of Austria.

The Gruner Veltiner is also widely cultivated in Slovenia and the Czech Republic, and to a lesser extent in northern Italy, New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

The finest expressions of Austrian Gruner come from vineyards above the Danube River, in Wachau, Kremstal andKamptal. Classic Gruner Veltliner wines show citrus aromas (lemon peel and grapefruit) complemented by fresh vegetal notes and the variety's trademark hint of white pepper.

There are two key styles of Gruner Veltliner wine:

The first – lighter, fresher and citrus-focused – is typical of Weinviertel. It is often bottled with a slight spritz, to lift the wine and emphasize its fresh, fruity notes.

The second style – spicier, weightier and more complex – is embodied by the top wines from the warmer Wachau, Kremstal and Kamptal regions.
These wines are richly textured and well structured, and require several years in bottle before reaching developed maturity. With time they soften and take in honeyed, marmalade-like characteristics that match their attractive, deep golden hue.


Gruner Veltliner wines pair well with a wide range of foods. Their naturally high acidity and full-bodied texture make them a versatile and exotic alternative to Chardonnay.
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