With the warm weather approaching and outdoor wine tasting becoming more popular, a refreshing, citrusy Austrian Grüner Veltliner should be at the top of your list. This iconic variety ranges from serious to playful to well-paid to calculating. Fresh acidity and delicate yet charming aromas of flowers and citrus await the warmer weather. Try these products, all for $20 or less.

Forstreiter 2019 Ried Kremser Kogl Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal); $17, 93 points. Yeast and salty miso are the main terms on the nose. A subtle palate adds pepper and a surprisingly bright, light effervescence to a lean but concentrated body, while a lemony sheen accentuates the purity. Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd. Editor’s Choice. -Ann Krebil MW

Fischer 2019 Ried Zanzl Grüner Veltliner Federspiel (Wachau); $20, 92 points. The freshness of the citrus mingles with the spicy and slightly funky yeast in the nose. The palate then focuses on the yeast core, which hides a miso-like saltiness and spicy flavors in its recesses. And to top it off, the refreshing juice of lemon and mirabelle plum, creating a perfect combination of depth and lightness. Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd. -A.K.

Winzer Krems 2019 Edition Chremisa Grüner Veltliner (Lower Austria); $20, 92 points. In the nose notes of a fresh yeast blend with notes of sliced green pears. On the palate we find the same briny and yeasty spiciness, but we add a lot of white pepper spice. Everything is locked into a tight, structured frame, where tart freshness and saltiness make for a long finish. Various American importers. -A.K.

Anton Bauer 2019 Gmirk Grüner Veltliner (Wagram); $18, 91 points. The nose is subtle but intriguing with notes of ripe pear flesh, yeast and nuts. The round palate wipes away these concepts with its rich, soft texture, but sends them off with an unwavering hint of spiciness. A nice combination of generosity and soothing freshness with a dry, salty finish. KWSelection.com. -A.K.

Laurenz W. 2019 Friendly Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal); $20, 91 points. Pear drop and freshly cut Conference pear rind fill the nose with a light, fruity freshness. It is this fresh, lively and vibrant fruit that is central to a creamy, soft and slender palate. It shows some of the content of the variety in relation to dry processing. Folio Fine Wine Partners. -A.K.

 

Dürnberg 2019 Falkenstein Grüner Veltliner (Weinwirthel); $15, 90 points. Tones of peach and lemon peel permeate the nose with a fruity freshness. The delicate flavor wins out immediately with a zesty concentration and bright freshness, with a nice touch of juicy tangerine. The finish is dry, fresh and clean. Various American importers. Best buy. -A.K.

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Pratsch 2019 Grüner Veltliner (Lower Austria); $14, 90 points. Pear on the nose with notes of honey and yeast. The taste is light, dry, bright and spicy, with hints of pear and lemon. The aftertaste is clear and fresh. Winesellers, Ltd. best buy. -A.K.

Josef Bauer 2019 Grüner Veltliner (Wagram); $12, 89 points. Tones of peach, freshly cut green pear skin and cream make for a charming, fresh and delicious nose. The creamy but fresh taste is complemented by flavors of pear with a subtle sweetness. The finish is dry and brilliant. Sema LLC. Best buy. -A.K.

Published on 12. March 2021

frequently asked questions

What is the best Gruner Veltliner?

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Is the Grüner Weltliner sweet or dry?

Is Grüner Veltliner a dry wine? Yes, the majority of Grüner Veltliner is produced dry. Although some Grüner Veltliner wines have a hint of sweetness, the acidity is so high that most drinkers don’t taste it.

What type of wine is Gruner Veltliner?

Grüner Veltliner is the white grape variety known in Austria and, to a lesser extent, throughout Eastern Europe. The name Grüner Veltliner (grooh-ner VELT-leehn-er) is difficult to pronounce, and is therefore sometimes popularly called Grüner.

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