Hiedler Gruner Veltliner 2017 

The Hiedler Gruner Veltliner is a dry white wine from Austria. I’ve noticed in the last few years with people looking for wines with moderate alcohol and higher acid that more Austrian wines have started to appear on the Alberta market.

Although Gruner Veltliner is considered Austria’s signature grape, it is also grown in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, the US, Australia and right here in the Okanagan Valley. There are 35 grape varieties planted in Austria – 22 white and 13 red. 1 vine in every 3 is planted to Gruner Veltliner. Gruner Veltliner‘s parents are 2 grapes called Traminer and St. Georgen. The name Gruner Veltliner means the green grape from the village of Veltlin. Veltlin was an area in the lower Alps that is now part of Valtellina, Italy. It is known for producing dry, crisp white wines.

In Austria, the best vineyards are located in Lower Austria. This is home to the Hiedler estate. It is from the district of Kamptal about an hour west of Vienna. Besides being one of the top traditional growers in Austria, Ludwig Hiedler is one of the founders of a small group of top growers who created a grading system to identify the top vineyard sites. On the label, you will notice the word loess. Loess refers to the silty soil prevalent in this vineyard. Soil is an important aspect of terroir and in Austria, as in many parts of the world; they firmly believe that the type of soil can affect the flavour profile in a wine.

Tasting Note

Colour – pale lemon yellow

Nose – lemon lime, grapefruit zest, floral and spice

Palate – medium bodied, fresh, lively, flavours of lemon-lime, pear and white pepper

Comments – This white wine is so versatile that it can be paired with everything from Sushi to Weiner Schnitzel!

Vienna has been voted the #1 city in the world to live for quality of life! I wonder if it is because it is the only major city in the world to be a significant wine region unto itself. Within the city limits, there are 1738 acres of vines!