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:

GREW-ner VELT-leen-er


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

  • Asparagus
  • Pork
  • White meats
  • Austrian / German sausage
  • Scallops
  • Bold, fatty cheeses
  • Artichokes
  • Veal
  • Sushi with Wasabi


Where are Grüner Veltliner grapes grown?

Old World Grüner Veltliner Regions

  • Austria
  • Czech Republic and Slovakia
  • Hungary

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)

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If you like Grüner Veltliner, Try A Similar Grape Variety: (Dry) Riesling or Vermentino.


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