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.
Important ampelographic features
cuneiform to pentagonal, three to five lobes, main leaf vein is red up to where is branches, slightly open petiole.
large, densely berried, cylindrical, shouldered; berries are elliptic, reddish-coloured, with a neutral flavour
The significance of Frühroter Veltliner is decreasing. It is marketed mainly as a table grape, as an en primeur wine (still maturing in the barrel) or a table wine by the glass – especially in the Thermenregion, the Weinviertel and Wagram. The variety is not demanding in terms of soil and location.
Area under vine in Austria
(as a proportion of the variety’s total area)
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)