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Country: Austria  Region: Niederösterreich  Grape: Grüner Veltliner

Grüner Veltliner is believed to date back to Roman times and its named is derived from Veltlin (Valtellina) in northern Italy, though no link has yet been established between the grape and the Italian area. It is most likely indigenous to Austria, with its name appearing for the first time in a document from 1855 as Grüner Veltliner which was established as the standard name for the grape in the 1930’s.

Originally it was known as Wessgipfler, it was just a standard grape until WWII, when Lenz Moser’s Hochkultur system of vine training made it what it is today, Austria’s most planted variety. In 2002, it surpassed many acclaimed white wines from Burgundy!

Lenz Moser’s selection is unadulterated 100% Grüner Veltliner, showing a brilliant yellow-green in the glass. You won’t be able to ignore its spicy-peppery bouquet. On the palate, the piquant spiciness combined with exotic fruits and nice fullness cannot be denied. This is a selection that is eternally youthful, freshly acidic with a great finish.

Enjoy it now, chilled, with appetizers, poultry, flavorful fish, Wiener Schnitzel, light meat dishes, grilled veggies and Asian foods.

Lenz Moser Grüner Veltliner:

GRÜNER VELTLINER GRAPES — This white grape variety is the most important wine grape in Austria, and accounts for about one-third of Austria’s total viticultural area. It produces fresh, well-balanced wines with a light, fruity and sometimes slightly spicy flavor. When grown in the Wauchau area, there is a distinctly penetrating pepperiness to the Grüner Veltliner fruit. Other growing areas (including Slovakia and the Czech Republic) lend their own distinctiveness. Lenz Moser’s offering shines with spicy youthfulness.

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