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 heavier 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.
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, or a grilled vegetable sandwich.