Top 12 Grüner Veltliners
Nothing beats the August heat like a fridge full of crisp, light-bodied, unoaked white wines. While Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling are great, Austrians hold a trump card: Grüner Veltliner.
It ticks all the heat-busting boxes: It’s got racy acidity, moderate alcohol, pear-fruit and peppery-spice flavors, an affordable price tag, and it pairs well with just about everything. Here are our picks for the ultimate Grüner refreshment.
92 Steininger 2013 Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal). Lifted, pear-scented freshness dominates the nose. The palate is soft, but it has a pleasing and linear citrus focus. This is poised and offers sophisticated refreshment.
abv: 12.5% Price: $17
91 Buchegger 2013 Gelbling Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich). White currant, green pear and peppery arugula rule this crisp white. It bursts with sweet, juicy pears on the palate, making for savory sipping with lots of resonance with or without food. Drink now. Best Buy.
abv: 13% Price: $15
90 Hermann Moser 2013 Per Due Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal). Fresh green-pear notes are joined by ripe notions of passion fruit. These linger on the palate, where peppery phenolics add structure and depth. Best Buy.
abv: 12% Price: $13
90 Glatzer 2013 Grüner Veltliner (Carnuntum). Green-pear peel, fresh cucumber and ripe, golden pears unite to make a rounded, toothsome food wine that’s also crisp and savory. Best Buy.
abv: 12% Price $15
90 Loimer 2013 Lois Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal). A wonderful mix of white pepper, fresh lemon zest, herbal pungency and green pear make Grüner Veltliner such a success. Here, it comes in one focused, friendly and easy package, with a long, peppery finish.
abv: 12% Price: $16
90 Tegernseerhof 2013 T 26 Federspiel Grüner Veltliner (Wachau). Ripe peach mingles with phenolics and zestiness on the concentrated midpalate. Structured and spicy, this wine delivers peppery impact and a prolonged finish.
abv: 12.5% Price: $18
90 Hillinger 2013 Grüner Veltliner (Burgenland). Restrained notes of ripe pear gain savory interest from herbal notes reminiscent of curry leaf and lovage. There’s also ample spice and a refreshing, superclean finish. Best Buy.
abv: 12.5% Price: $12
89 Höpler 2013 Grüner Veltliner (Burgenland). A hint of lime and green pear peel, a touch of pepper and passion fruit—this subtle and light white doesn’t give too much away. Its acidity and texture make it a versatile and satisfying food partner.
abv: 11.5% Price: $17
89 Domäne Wachau 2013 Terrassen Federspiel Grüner Veltliner (Wachau). Restrained and soft on the nose, this light-bodied white offers subtle lemon zestiness and a phenolic seam that combine structure and food-friendliness with a savory, almost herbal edge.
abv: 12.% Price: $16
89 Markus Huber 2013 Hugo Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich). A scented mix of ivy leaves, green pears and citrus segues into a spicy, peppery but crisp palate. A light and refreshing quaff, this is easily enjoyed with or without food. Drink now. Best Buy.
abv: 12% Price: $13
89 Winzer Krems 2013 Kremser Sandgrube Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal). Ripe yellow pears and an earthy edge knit together this refreshing, concentrated white, which finishes with the clean tang of lemon zest. Best Buy.
abv: 12.5% Price: $14
88 R&A Pfaffl 2013 Austrian Pepper Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich). Clean, tight and crisp, this treads a straight, citrusy path with a phenolic touch and the aroma of crisp, green pears.
abv: 12% Price: $14