Lean towards Green
The name may be intimidating but the grape is nothing but. This variety is increasing
in popularity as more people discover its delicious qualities. Most wines made
from Gruner Veltliner are from Austria, where it's the most planted grape variety.
Gruner means green in German, not because the grape is green, but because its
used to create fresh wines that are best drunk young.
A wine made from Gruner Veltliner typically has a perfumed nose, with hints of
peach and other citrus and, most notably, hints of white pepper - white pepper
is usually what distinguishes Gruner Veltliner best. Wines from this grape are
typically dry with high acidity. It's generally light to medium bodied but can
be made in a richer, full-bodied style. The wines of Gruner Veltliner are high
in acid and extremely versatile with food. Some winemakers in Austria are making
sweet wines with the grape as well.
Summing it up
Successful Sites: Austria
Common Descriptors: white pepper, tropical fruits, minerals, green beans