Gruner Veltliner in Australia

Gruner Veltliner is the most common white wine variety in Austria, where it makes up about 30% of the national vineyard area. It is also grown in neighbouring countries of Central Europe and in Italy.

Most of the wines made from this variety in Austria are quite undistinguished and it is also is used for base wines to make the local sparkling wine Sekt. However at the top end this variety can make some rich well structured wines.

Gruner Veltliner in Australia

Lark Hill winery in the Canberra District Wine region was first to release Gruner Veltliner, the 2009 vintage.

Several other wineries have plantings of the variety, for example Delatite in the Upper Goulburn Region and Hahndorf Hill in the Adelaide Hills.

See this story from Marc Dobson about Gruner Veltliner in the Adelaide Hills.

Hahndorf Hills have embarked on a program to introduce Australian varieties, especially Gruner veltliner, in the Adelaide Hills. They have provided propogating material and encouragement to other wineries to grow and produce from this promising variety.

Producers of Gruner Veltliner

  • Boat O'Craigo Yarra Valley
  • Catlin Wines Adelaide Hills
  • Hahndorf Hill Adelaide Hills
  • K1 by Geoff Hardy Adelaide Hills
  • Lark Hill Winery Canberra
  • Longview Vineyard Adelaide Hills
  • Pike and Joyce Adelaide Hills
  • Stoney Rise Northern Tasmania
  • The Pawn Wine Company Adelaide Hills
Marketing this new variety could be a challenge - Aussies have enough trouble pronouncing the Italian wine variety names, let alone German.

Maybe we should just call it Gru-Vee - groovy, get it?

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