Talking about specific and heavenly tasty wines, we have one in mind that will make you fall in love with whites, even if you prefer reds. We are talking about the amazing Grüner Veltliner. It is a dry white wine that grows almost only in Austria. It has fruity flavors of lime, green pepper and grapefruit making it the most exotic substitute of Sauvignon Blanc. The name of this dazzling white wine is translated as the “Green Wine of Veltlin”. Veltlin was an area located in the lower part of the Alps during the 1600’s, which now is a part of Valtellina, Italy.
How It Tastes?
- Fruit Flavors – Grüner Veltliner is a fruity wine with flavours of lime, berries, citrus lemon, nectarine and grapefruit
- Other Flavours – It also has herbal and spicy flavours, flower, mineral, earth, white pepper, lovage, green bean, iris, honey, radish, tarragon and ginger
- Oak Flavours – You may find flavours added with oak aging like cream, Brazil nut and wax pepper
- Serving Temperature – Grüner Veltliner must be served at 7 ºC
- Acidity – It has high acidity
- Similar Varieties – Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Riesling, Picpoul, Muscadet, Vermentino, Grenache Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Colombard and Gros Manseng
The Roots of Grüner Veltliner
Statistics show that there are around 50,000 acres of Grüner Veltliner around the world, but more than 75% of Grüner Veltliner wines come from Austria.
Grüner Veltliner Styles
- Light And Zesty – Thet Austrian Grüner Veltliner has usually pale green colour. Expertise advise this type of wine to be consumed when young, 1-2 years of the vintage. Expect to see tiny bubbles and feel little bit of acidity, green bean flavours and lime zest. Drink it ice-cold on hot summery days.
- Rich And Nutty – It is a richer style, but still acid enough. It is best for consumption after 3-6 years of vintage.
It is best paired with richy flavoured foods. When it comes to meat you can pair it with chicken, kidney, turkey, veal and fish, It also goes well with spices and herbs like ginger, lime, green onion, chives, etc., as well as with cheese and vegetables like potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, green beans, spinach and so on.
Where To Buy?
The best place to buy any type of wine is online as there are lots of online retailers that offer special editions wines that cannot be found in the grocery. They have different types of wines, coming from different regions, which makes them more specific, dazzling and appealing to taste them. So, the next time you need a nice and richy white wine, why not try the Austria’s treasure Grüner Veltliner?! If you are a fan of whites, you will definitely fall in love with it.