Frühroter Veltliner (Malvasier)

A picture shows grapes of the grape variety Frühroter Veltliner
© AWMB / Oberleitner

Origin: Austria, Niederösterreich

Parentage: Natural crossing of Roter Veltliner and Sylvaner.

Vineyard area: 367 ha, 0.8 %

This old autochthonous grape variety is widely grown in the Thermenregion, Weinviertel and in the Wagram. Its representation in vineyards decreased by 32.2% between 1999 and 2009.

Important ampelographic features
Leaf: Cuneiform to pentagonal, three to five lobes, stalk is red up to the main nerve, slightly open petiole.
Grape cluster: large with thick berries, cylindrical shape, shouldered with elliptic, rose-coloured berries with a neutral taste.

Ripening time: early

Significance and conditions: The significance of the Frühroter Veltliner is decreasing. It is marketed mainly as a table grape, as an en Primeur or an open house wine – especially in the Thermenregion, Weinviertel and the Wagram. Has few demands on soil and site.

Wine: The early drinking, gently acidity wines are low in alcohol and present a bouquet that is mainly herbaceous with whiffs of flowers and bitter almonds.