Jurtschitsch Pot des Fleurs Grüner Veltliner 'Ernte' 2014 Austria

Amphorae are all the rage, and sometimes – as in this case – the hype around their use is justified. This Pot Des Fleurs is a beautiful wine that has spent six months on its skins, yet it is elegant and textured. Wonderful stuff. If I recall correctly, the ‘flowerpot’ name is because the first [...]

In Austria: tasting exciting older 1er cru wines from the Österreichischer Traditionsweingüter members

Michi Moosbrugger, chair of the OTW

Austria is making some wonderful wines at the moment, and this tasting was a chance to look back at some of the Rieslings from ‘Erste Lagens’ (which translates as ‘Premier Crus’) in the winegrowing area unofficially known as the Danube area, from the regions that are taking part in [...]

Chenin Blanc and Grüner Veltliner

Two nice wines, from two of my favourite white varieties. The first is an own-label from Berry Bros & Rudd. It’s a sort of better class of own label: Nikolaihof is one of Austria’s top producers. The second is from Mullineux, the current darlings of the South African wine scene, and it’s a lovely old [...]

Culmina Unicus, a Gruner Veltliner from British Columbia, Canada

On my visit to the Okanagan Valley, it was nice to meet Donald Triggs (above) and taste a few of his wines. One stood out immediately as being particularly interesting: it was Gruner Veltliner, made from third-leaf fruit.

Triggs has been an important figure in the Canadian wine industry. A businessman with international experience, he partnered with Alan [...]

Seven great affordable Austrian wines

A selfie wine tasting of seven good value Austrian wines. This tasting reminded me how much I really like Austrian wine.

Two good, affordable Gruner Veltliners

I have a soft-spot for Gruner Veltliner, the wonderful Austrian white grape variety that the Kiwis are now beginning to plant.

Here are two good, affordable examples. The problem with cheap Gruner is that it can end up being just a fresh, rather anonymous dry white wine. This pair manage to combine a low price point [...]

Loimer Gruner Veltliner Lois: great wine, great packaging

Lunch at the BFI today, on the south bank of the Thames, near Waterloo. The Benugo restaurant is actually pretty good, and I had a very well presented starter of duck egg on salad, followed by a perfectly cooked fillet of sea bass on some wilted spinach.

All was washed down with Fred Loimer’s Lois Gruner [...]

Pfaffl Hundsleiten, a brilliant Austrian Gruner Veltliner

Grüner Veltliner is one of my favourite white grape varieties. It’s pretty much restricted to Austria, although New Zealand has now started paying attention to this variety, which has a distinctive white pepper signature note.

This is a really good example from the Wienviertel region, close to Vienna.

R & A Pfaffl Grüner Veltliner Hundsleiten 2011 Wienviertel, [...]

Three Austrian wines from Tegernseerhof

The world is awash with interesting wine, even if you have to dig around a bit to find it. The problem this creates for me is I’m perpetually feeling a bit guilty for not plugging certain interesting regions or styles often enough, and one country that I think over-delivers in terms of interest is Austria. [...]

Good, affordable Gruner Veltliner

I’m a real fan of Grüner Veltliner, one of my favourite white grape varieties. This is a good, affordable example that I bought (yes, shock, horror, wine writer actually buys a wine) from Waitrose on Saturday. Money well spent, I reckon – one that I would buy again.

Domäne Wachau Grüner Veltliner Terraces 2009 Wachau, [...]