If you love wine as much as we do (and you likely do if you’re reading this) then you need to check out Gruner Veltliner. We recently had the chance to check it out and it is delicious! If you’ve never heard of Gruner Veltliner wine before, there is a pretty good reason. This is a dry white wine and the grapes, up until around the 1990’s, were grown almost solely in Austria! Yes, we said Austria.
In more recent years, vineyards in the United States have begun to grow these grapes with successful results. Vineyards in Oregon, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, California, and New York have taken on these lovely grapes and started producing outstanding wines. We love to see United States vineyards expanding their horizons and showing that they can certainly hold their own in the wine making industry, so this venture has us smiling.
The wine itself is absolutely lovely. As we said, this is a dry white wine and the opportunities afforded to blend this type with others creates an entirely new landscape for vineyards here in the United States. We expect to see this wine gain even more popularity in the coming years as vineyards mature and improve over time. After all, the wines created for older vines do seem to give that extra flavor that we all adore.
W.T. Vintners in Washington are in love with this wine. In fact, they chose it for its ease of pairing and unique flavor compared to the average Washington wines. They wanted something easy to pair that didn’t match the already grown varietals of the area, but not something as light as a Riesling. When they found out Gruner Veltliner grapes were being grown in Washington with successful results, they simply had to check it out.
Once they found that they could effectively and successfully create great wines from the grapes, they were all-in. They now offer an outstanding Gruner Veltliner wine as well as a lovely Raconteur blend that has a very intriguing flavor and aroma. They are proof that this traditionally Austrian vintage is fully capable of being produced here in the United States with excellent results.
The photo we’ve featured is of the Gruner Veltliner from H. & M. Hofer, located in Austria’s wine country. This lovely vintage is what really made us look into other sources for this wine, as we were curious to see if we could find it closer to home. We were happy to find that yes, we could find it here in the United States, and thus we felt the need to feature this varietal. We hope you get a chance to try one of these outstanding premium wines, as we’ve enjoyed trying it and love to share the great wines we find with others.
Whether you choose to check out the traditional Austrian wines or look into some of the great vintages available here in the United States, we’re sure you’re going to enjoy the experience!