Green Veltliner, a white grape variety mainly grown in the Valle Isarco valley, has a peppery, spicy and fruity flavour.
Veltliner is actually a collective term for different white grape varieties whose traces date back to Roman times. In the 18th century, it was cultivated in Austria under the name Green Muscat, in South Tyrol, however, the winegrowers of the Valle Isarco valley focused on this white grape variety. Green Veltliner, the most important autochthonous variety in Lower Austria where it is known as Weissgipfler, does not require a particularly fertile soil, even though it prefers loess and residual soil. It is not related to Red Veltliner or Frühroter Veltliner.
The blossoms of the vine are sensitive to temperature changes and in autumn the grapes need long sunny periods to reach full maturity. Green Veltliner yields wines of many different styles: It can be either drunk young, as so-called "new wine", which is light and tangy, whereas its late vintage can also produce full-bodied wines, capable of long ageing. It is greenish to pale yellow in colour and has aromas of flowers and herbs. Green Veltliner goes excellently with fish, soft cheese and - as most of the white wines - it can also be served as an aperitif.
Serving temperature: 8 to 10 degrees C