Try a Grüner Veltliner wine if you like Sauvignon Blanc or Chenin Blanc
Overview of the Grüner Veltliner Varietal
A food-friendly, dry white wine with a fresh burst of acidity and notes of grapefruit, peach and white pepper.
Why we like the Grüner Veltliner varietal, grape and wine
- It’s a white wine with enough flavour intensity and richness to stand up to very flavourful dishes.
- It’s a super refreshing wine with a burst of acidity on the palate, that makes your mouth water like crazy. Think: eating sour candies without the sour flavour.
Grüner Veltliner Pronounciation:
Flavours and aromas of Grüner Veltliner wines
- Fruit / Floral: citrus, stone fruit, honeysuckle
- Other: white pepper, mineral, ginger
- Oak (if applicable): nutty, beeswax
Varietal Pairings – Food pairings for Grüner Veltliner
- White meats
- Austrian / German sausage
- Bold, fatty cheeses
- Sushi with Wasabi
Where are Grüner Veltliner grapes grown?
Old World Grüner Veltliner Regions
- Czech Republic and Slovakia
New World Grüner Veltliner Regions
- USA (esp. Oregon and New York)
- Canada (Okanagan Valley)
Interesting facts about Grüner Veltliner wine
- Most of the wine from Austria is white wine and about 1/3 of Austria’s vineyards are planted to Grüner Veltliner.
- Very little Grüner Veltliner is grown outside of Austria
Other names for the Grüner Veltliner varietal include
- Veltlinské Zelené (seen only on Grüner Veltliner wine labels from the Czech Republic)
Our favourite finds for Grüner Veltliner wine
- Schloss Gobelsburg 2016 Grüner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria (#75 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2018)
- Chehalem Wines Grüner Veltliner, Oregon, USA
- Culmina Family Estate Winery Unicus, Okanagan Valley, Canada
Dig Deeper: Learn More About Old World vs New World Wines
If you like Grüner Veltliner, Try A Similar Grape Variety: (Dry) Riesling or Vermentino.