It’s not surprise that Grüner Veltliner has found a home for itself outside of Austria. After all, it’s versatility to pair with food, it’s unique character, and it’s general ability to wow its taster make it an obvious choice for international planting. Still, Grüner still faces some challenges. The majority is still consumed in Germanic speaking countries and, what’s more, while it does grow in other regions it’s important to assert it’s position in Austria as its homeland.
This caught the eye of one of Austria’s winemakers, Laurenz Moser of the Laurenz V winery. Located in the Kamptal, the region focuses solely on the production of Grüner Veltliner. Laurenz organized a tasting of 22 white wines (Wine Tasting Order) from the best regions across the world. These wines were not all Grüner, but instead ranged from White Burgundy to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc… in short the best each region has to offer.
The official recap can be found here: Tasting Press Release On Thin Ice copy.
The panel was tasted blind and included:
o Eight journalists of Austria’s “who’s who”
o Gerhard Hofer, Die Presse
o Johann Werfring, Wiener Zeitung
o Wolfgang Schedelberger, ÖGZ
o Roland Graf, WIENER magazine
o Luzia Schrampf, Der Standard
o Daniela Dejnega, Der Winzer magazine
o Angelika Deutsch, Kulinarischer Salon
o Hans Pleininger, Wirtschaftsblatt & Vinaria
o Gerhard Hammer, purchaser at Wein & Co.
o Dieter Hübler of LAURENZ V.
Happily, and unsurprisingly, Grüner Veltliner showed quite well all around taking four of the top ten spots. Check out the official results below.