This very old variety is a crossing of Roter Veltliner x Sylvaner, and is regarded as being typically Austrian. In recent years, it has lost significance, and is mostly sold as table grapes, as a young wine, or as a simple house wine, particularly in the Thermenregion, Weinviertel and Wagram.

Origin

probably Niederösterreich, Austria

Parentage

Natural crossing of Roter Veltliner x Sylvaner

Vineyard area

244.16 ha; 0.5%

Vineyard area

This old autochthonous grape variety is widely grown in the Thermenregion, Weinviertel and in the Wagram. Its representation in vineyards decreased between 1999 and 2020.

A picture shows grapes of the grape variety Fruehroter Veltliner
© Austrian Wine / Oberleithner

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

Ripening

very early
early
early to middle
middle
middle to late
late
very late

Significance & 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.

Area under vine in Austria
(as a proportion of the variety’s total area)

Click on the wine origin in the list for a breakdown into more specific regions of origin.

Total area in Austria: 244.16 ha

A picture shows a hand holding a glass of white wine.
© Austrian Wine / Blickwerk Fotografie

Characteristics of the wine

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

Link

Indigenous Varieties
 

Source varietal specifications: Höhere Bundeslehranstalt und Bundesamt für Wein- und Obstbau (Federal College and Federal Office for Viticulture, Oenology and Fruit Growing) in Klosterneuburg, “Austria’s Qualitätswein grape varieties and their clones“ („Österreichische Qualitätsweinrebsorten und deren Klone“), 2nd, reviewed edition, September 2015

Source area under vine: Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism according to IACS (as at 31 May 2022)

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