Grape(s): Gruner Veltliner
Localization: Niederösterreich, Austria
Tasting Notes: Extremely pale in color with green reflections. The nose is a fragrant mix of fresh melon, yellow plums, and lemon zest. The palate adds fresh plums and refreshing Grüner trademark white pepper. There’s silky savory texture that stretches the refreshing fruit and spice flavors out across the palate where they cling for a long, clean, refreshing and joyous finish.
Food Pairing: At 12% ABV, this is refreshing as can be. It’s delicious on its own as a “porch pounder” and will also pair beautifully with meals from fried chicken to grilled octopus. The combination of fruit, fresh acidity, and appealing spice also makes it perfect for Asian meals like a mildly spicy shrimp pad thai.
The Domain: Karl and Brigitta Steininger took over the winery located in Langenlois Kamptal, Austria from Karl's parents in 1980, back then it was a mixed farm with a few vineyards. Karl attended the wine-growing school and Brigitta grew up in a winery in Zöbing and knew the daily life of a family of winegrowers. Together they decided to quit farming and concentrate on winemaking , their vineyard is now over 135 acres. Very soon they saw that you could only score points with high quality wines, both in Austria and internationally. After some trips to Champagne country, they started creating sparkling wine in 1989 - which are produced with the exact same methodology and natural bubbles as Champagne. They specialize in both wine and sparkling wine (the noblest form of wine). Their motto is “Good wines are created only by the perfect interplay of many factors: in addition to the natural influences such as soil, climate and weather, our personal experiences and ideas also flow into our wines and thus give them a very special touch”.