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.


probably Niederösterreich, Austria


Natural crossing of Roter Veltliner x Sylvaner

Vineyard area

252.59 ha; 0.6%

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 2015.


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

Important ampelographic features


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.

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.

Area under vine in each of Austria’s wine-growing regions
(as a proportion of the variety’s total area)

Click on a wine origin in the list to view its wine-growing regions.

Gesamtfläche in Österreich: 252.59

© 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.


Indigenous Varieties


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