Enjoy Gruener Veltliner wine in an Austrian wine cellar
Gruener Veltliner is Austria's signature white grape variety, rarely grown elsewhere. Traditionally it was not associated with high quality wine, but in recent years this variety has produced some excellent wines. Flavors include pepper, citrus fruits, and other fruits. Perhaps because it is acidic, Gruener Veltliner wines are quite food friendly. Suggested food pairings include Wiener Schnitzel, Artichokes, and Asparagus (these two vegetables are considered quite difficult to pair with wine.)
Gruener Veltliner starts at about $10-12 a bottle. A basic model is the Wachau that tastes of grapefruit and white pepper. If you don't like acid, don't buy this wine or other Gruener Veltliners. If you feel like moving up from the regular offerings try the Hogl Schon Gruner Veltliner Smaragd at about $25. This powerful wine has great acid and tastes of herbs, minerals, pears, and spice. Wachau at about $35 or the FX Pichler M Smaragd Gruner Veltliner Wachau in the $65 range. This rich wine brims with lanolin, peach, and red berry flavors and doesn't stint on the spices or smoke.