Grüner Veltliner is indigenous to Austria and is grown extensively in every Austrian wine region with the exception of Steiermark. With a share of about a third of Austria’s total viticultural area, the Grüner Veltliner is the most important variety grown in Austria, with the best wines coming from the north-east of the country, particularly regions such as the Kamptal, Kremstal and Wachau which border the Kamp or Danube river.
Grüner Veltliner is a middle to late ripening variety that typically produces wines that are pale green in colour and display fruit notes of grapefruits, limes, pears, and often hints of white pepper. They normally possess a steely backbone of acidity, which enables the best bottles to age gracefully.
The grape's natural acidity accompanied by its restrained and understated fruit characters makes its wines ideal partners for food. This makes it compatible with many vegetables, seafood and white meat. A marvellous alternative to the more "mainstream" white grape varieties.
Synonyms; Grüner, Grünmuskateller. Veltlini(in Hungary), Weissgipfler.