Austrian wines are mostly dry white wines (often made from the Grüner Veltliner grape), though some sweeter white wines (such as dessert wines made around the Neusiedler See) are also produced. About 30% of the wines are red, made from Blaufränkisch (also known as Lemberger, or as Kékfrankos in neighbouring Hungary), Pinot Noir and locally bred varieties such as Zweigelt. The country is also home to Riedel, makers of some of the most expensive wine glasses in the world. Some of the best producers of Austria include Weingut F.X. Pichler and Weingut Franz Hirtzberger, Weingut Hutter, Weingut Eigl and Wellanschitz.
- Item #: i_306004Bottle Size: 1LYes, folks, this wine comes in a (1.0) liter bottle, which means you get to have more fun! Representing the fresh, crisp and refreshingly tangy side of Grüner Veltliner in the perennially-popular liter format, this is the bottling that Terry Theise calls the class of the [liter] category. Dry, crisp, and impeccably clean, this wine delivers delicious flavors of white flowers, pepper, and pink grapefruit, underscoredby an attractive leesiness - quintessential value Gruner Veltliner. Bottled under a crown cap; you'll need a bottle opener, not a corkscrew.
- Item #: i_311873Bottle Size: 750mlJAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS A rich style of gruner veltliner with a great combination of exotic fruits and white pepper. Rich and fleshy on the palate with a lot of power at the textural finish. Drink or hold. Stuart Pigott.
- Item #: i_322058Bottle Size: 1LLight-bodied, crisp, and dry. Lemon and flowers on the nose precede a palate of creamy fruit and notes of pepper, ripe pears, and gooseberry. The finish is citrusy and stony with just enough fruit balanced with bright acids. At 12.5% alcohol, Der Pollerhof organic Grüner is a session quaffer, pure and simple. Like something found at a Heuriger (Austrian wine tavern).
- Item #: i_372019Bottle Size: 750mlJAMES SUCKLING - 90 POINTS A fresh and lively grüner veltliner with a lot of charm and plenty of green and yellow apple aromas, plus a hint of white pepper. Drink now. Stuart Pigott.
This winery has produced so many cult wines over the last decades that it would not be a problem to fill an entire book with their tasting notes." So goes the Falstaff Ultimate Wine Guide's entry on Knoll, one of the finest producers of the Wachau. This Federspiel from the Kreutles site is a superb example of medium-bodied Grüner with a single-vineyard stamp.
- Item #: i_307464Bottle Size: 750mlLiquid Air Conditioning in a bottle! A cool white for hot nights.
Looking for a gluggable, chuggable, carefree sipper to get you through the hot August days and a long Indian summer? Did we mention it's also Certified Organic and comes in a Liter bottle?
The Hofer HUM 2017 Gruner Veltliner was an instant hit in late Spring when we first introduced this dry white to our customers. It shows well with pear, lemon and then a spicy endnote, which, in Grüner Veltliner, is often described as white pepper. It matches well with fish, chicken, dishes with tomatoes and spicy foods. It also is the perfect foil to many vegetable dishes.
The Hofer family farms vineyards in Auersthal, a tiny wine village in the Weinviertel, just beyond Vienna’s northern suburbs. The gently rolling hills in in this village are made up of deep loess soils and are planted predominantly to Grüner Veltliner, which is Austria’s signature white grape.
Gruner Veltliner has become popular with many foodies and Sommeliers because of its food pairing versatility. The 2017 Hofer is clean, bright, sunny, and is all of $11.69 — and that's for a Liter (1L), which is one-third more than a standard bottle of wine (750 ml). But honestly, this is a serious white wine that we wouldn't mind paying $20 for, since it effortlessly punches above its class. It also makes for a light quaffer at 12.5% alcohol.
The Hofers have practiced organic agriculture since the 1990s and, in 2001, have been a member of Bio-Ernte, which is not only organic, but exceeds the EU guidelines for organic agriculture.
Wine reviewer, Stephan Reinhardt for The Wine Advocate is also a fan of the Hofer winery and writes - "Based in Auersthal, just 20 kilometers away from Vienna 's northern suburbs, Weingut H. und M. Hofer farms 20 hectares of vines, mostly Grüner Veltliner (53%). Seventy percent of the production is white and all of the vineyards are cultivated organic in a fairly dry microclimate and on loess soils. Hermann Hofer aims to produce ‘unique and distinctive wines’ that reflect their soils, the climate and the vintage, as well as the people who manufacture them. The winemaking is rather conventional. The handpicked grapes are pressed after some hours on the skins, fermented in stainless steel and result in classic Weinviertler wines. The Veltliners are especially worth a try. They are very clear and fruity, fresh and well structured, and finish with a stimulating minerality. These are serious wines with food that do not cost a fortune, rather the opposite."
- Item #: i_342388Bottle Size: 750mlSustainably Grown. The 2017 Neumayer Gruner Veltliner "Ludwig" is fresh, vibrant, dry and cuts an electrifying swath across the palate, enlivening your senses with its combination of mouth-watering minerality and crystal clear fruit. At this price point, there’s lots of crisp, clean, serviceable Austrian Gruner out there, but Neumayer’s “Ludwig” is hardly the ‘entry-level’ wine. It is also, for Austrian wine aficionados, a window to a relatively unfamiliar Gruner growing zone, the Traisental DAC, which lay south of the Kamptal/Kremstal/Wachau ‘big three’ along the Danube. Instead of primary rock and the wind-blown silt known as loess, the Traisental is a more calcareous—i.e. limestone-rich—terroir, and it shows in Neumayer’s wines. Gruner and limestone were clearly made for each other, and today’s 2016 is the kind of crystalline, finely etched expression of the grape that is often being overlooked these days in favor of richer, rounder styles. This is exactly what I want to drink after work, or to start off a dinner party in lieu of Champagne. You’ll want to have a chilled bottle in the fridge at all times, especially when you see the price! Situated along a narrow Danube tributary and comprised of about 800 hectares of vineyards in total, the Traisental region was only officially ‘codified’ as a DAC (controlled appellation) in 2006. Ludwig Neumayer first established his winery in the region in 1985, and now farms about nine hectares in and around the small village of Inzersdorf, where the soils are a limestone-infused “conglomerate” of gravel, clay, and sand. In the glass, the 2017 “Ludwig” is a pale straw-gold with hints of green at the rim, with exceedingly bright and expressive aromas of green and yellow apple, white grapefruit, white peach, lime blossom, cucumber peel, daikon radish, white pepper, and wet stones. The wine is a joyful push-pull of fruit and mineral sensations, with surprising depth and palate persistence and perfect tension. It is ready to drink now at 50 degrees in all-purpose white wine stems, but will absolutely improve over the next 3-5 years in your cellar. Its aging potential is clear to see from the first sip, and at this price it’s a wine to consider acquiring by the case and re-visiting periodically over the next few years.
- Item #: i_322055Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 93WINE ADVOCATE 92+ POINTS The 2015 Gruner Veltliner Tradition has a golden-yellow color and opens with a clear and complex bouquet of vegetal and greenish flavors over a deep fundament of ripe and concentrated fruits as well as the crystalline minerality of the Renner where the Tradition has been sourced. Full-bodied, round and rich but transparent, with a firm mineral and good phenolic structure, this is an elegant, still very young but age-worthy Veltliner with a long finish that reveals a certain creaminess or richness along with vegetal flavors. This is a great wine with food. Tasted July 2017 at the Domaine.
- Item #: i_362642Bottle Size: 750mlWine Enthusiast: 90 PointsWINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS - "Ripe pear, lemon zest and salty yeast on the nose signal freshness and savoriness. The palate is lively with slight spritz and lemon freshness while the dry finish brings the saltiness to the fore."
- Item #: i_322457Bottle Size: 750mlRipe fruit, beautiful richness, but with good acidity to back it up, the Weixelbaum "Stephanus" bottling is a prime example of everything good with 2018 in Austria. Flavors of green melon, snap pea, kiwi and citrus dance around your palate in delight. If this came from the Wachau, you would probably peg this as a Smaragd, mostly for its richness, but also for its elegance and sheer drinkability. This is a Gruner that punches up above its class.