Wine glossary

Grüner Veltliner
Definition:white wine variety

Undisputedly the most important white wine variety in Austria (with approximately a third of the total vineyard area). The Grüner Veltliner is predominat in Niederösterreich (in the Weinviertel, Vienna and along the Danube). The spectrum of styles range from the base for sparkling wine production to light-bodied, youthful and quaffable wines to rich, quite exceptional vintage wines and noble sweet dessert wines especially as Ice Wine). All styles of Grüner Veltliner share the recognisable mix of fruit (apple, pear, quince) and spice (characteristic pepperyness and nuances of nut). The synonym of Weißgipfler, and although rarely used nowadays, takes its name from the pale, white-coloured buds.