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Should have tried Gruner Sooner!

Mon, Aug 29, 22

There are tons of Sauvignon Blanc lovers out there, but I want to bring some attention to a lesser known exotic alternative; Gruner Veltliner. Predominantly grown in Austria, it’s one of the most versatile grapes out there and pairs with all kinds of scrumptious cuisines, including classic Irish fare for St Paddy’s Day. 

There are many great 1L super quaffable and affordable Gruners out there. However, I want to point out one producer in particular that takes their craft a bit more seriously. Still a very fair price, Nikolaihof Wachau 2019 Zwickl Gruner Veltliner is made from some of the oldest and farthest east vineyards on the Danube’s south bank. This wine is Demeter certified Biodynamic, they treat the farm like a living organism, self-contained and self-sustaining. It is both metaphorically and literally the paragon of sustainability.

The primary fruit flavors in Grüner Veltliner are lime, lemon and grapefruit. There is also a green and herbaceous flavor that is often described as white pepper. However, what makes Grüner Veltliner wine so unique is its signature vein of acidity that explodes in your mouth like pop rocks. The ripe fruit on the palate pairs perfectly with the saltiness of your celebratory St Pats meal, and also with all of the beautiful spring produce we will be able to start enjoying again soon. Whether it is Nikolaus’ biodynamic know how, his focus on ancestral vinification techniques, or the quality of his terroir, his final product is a wildly unique and joyful wine. 

Nikolaihof Vineyards in Wachau

By Paige Lorberbaum