Grüner Veltliner (GROO-ner VELT-lie-ner) is an Austrian White Wine is a light to medium bodied white wine (although there are fuller bodied versions) that often has a greenish tint to it.
Typical flavours and aromas you’ll get from this wine are melon, grapefruit, and quite often green vegetable smells such as green beans, pureed peas, grilled zucchini and fresh green herbs. In many cases, you will also smell a spicy white pepper aroma, which is good and won’t cause you to sneeze. Grüner Veltliner is also famous for a wet rock minerality to it, much like the stony tang you’d get from a Chablis. When you combine all of these aromas, some claim the combination smells like fresh cat litter.
Although Grüner Veltliner is a white wine, it is not very fish friendly. It is much too sweet to pair with lighter white fish, such as halibut. Nor is Grüner Veltliner a great wine to pair with more substantial fish, such as swordfish or salmon, as it’s just not a heavy enough to hold up to their strong flavours. If anything, Grüner Veltliner is perfect for smoked fish, such as smoked salmon as this citrusy and refreshing wine will cut right through the saltiness, richness and smoke of this dish. For the same reasons, Grüner Veltliner also goes well with other smoked or cured meats, particularly bacon or ham. Grüner Veltliner is also an excellent match with seafood that have a bit of saltiness to it, such as Caviar.
Best White Wine with Sausages
Grüner Veltliner is excellent with Sausage, particularly bratwurst, or sausages loaded up with mustard, onions, peppers and sauerkraut. Being an acidic white, it can hold up to the vinegar in mustard, and not be crushed by the pungent flavours of the toppings.
Grüner Veltliner & Chicken Pot Pie Pairing
I love how the aromas of melon and grapefruit that help lift the subtle flavours of the poultry in a Chicken Pot Pie. You’ll also get green vegetable flavours in this wine, such as green beans, pureed peas, grilled zucchini and fresh green herbs that will compliment any green veggies tossed into your pot pie. My homemade chicken pot pies always contain peas as I just love the sharp contrast of the pea flavour to the gravy’s savoury element.
On top of that Grüner Veltliner has a unique white pepper flavour that further elevates this pairing to new heights. The herbal and mineral notes, for me, mingle perfectly with the savoury gravy and vegetable flavours. Meanwhile, that citrus tang electrifies those subtle poultry flavours, seducing this pairing to new heights.
Asparagus and Wine Pairings
Due to its green nature, Grüner Veltliner is perfect with all vegetables. This white wine can easily befriend asparagus, a peppery arugula and mescaline based salad, sautéed mushrooms, cauliflower soup, or a grilled vegetable sandwich.
Our favourite pairing for Grüner Veltliner happens to be a BLT sandwich. Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and mayo, (lots of mayo), are a great match to eat beside a glass of this Austrian beauty.