What is Grüner Veltliner?

Grüner Veltliner is mainly found in Austria where it’s the most planted grape variety, with characteristics of pepper, spice and some fruit. With its high acidity, it is also dry with mineral notes. Across the border in the Czech Republic it is known as Veltlin Zelene/Veltlinske Zelené and in Hungary as Zoldveltelini. Over here in Australia Hahndorf Hill has been making some fantastic wines with this grape variety.

The name Grüner Veltliner means “Green Wine of Veltlin” and during the 1600s, Veltlin was actually a region and today this area is part of Valtellina in Italy.

Salomon Undhof was established in 1792 and today Dr. Bertold and Gertrud Salomon are the seventh generation making wine in Austria with the eight generation helping out! Penfolds’ chief red winemaker until 1997, Mike Farmilo, is the winemaker with Dr Bertold. The wines are labelled as Kremstal DAC or Kremstal DAC Reserve indicating their dry Riesling and Grüner Veltliners are harvested and made in the region of Kremstal adhering to the rules of that classification.

The company also has a winery in Australia, called Salomon Estate near Adelaide, in Finniss River, part of the Fleurieu Peninsula. We should head over and visit!

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