Grüner Veltliner, affectionately known around the world as ‘GruVe’, is a must for your warm weather summertime wine list.
Grüner is a dry crisp white wine made almost exclusively in Austria. With it’s high acidity and flavor profile of lemon, lime, grapefruit, cantaloupe and a touch of white pepper thrown in, it is an exotic alternative for Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling lovers.
The name Grüner Veltliner translates to “Green Wine of Veltlin.” Veltlin was an area in the lower Alps during the 1600’s that is now part of Valtellina, Italy. 75% of all GruVee is produced in Austria along the Danube River to the west of Vienna. In Wachau, Kremstal and Kamptal, it grows on slopes so steep they can barely retain any soil.
For us Michiganders though, a few Michigan wineries are making really great Grüners. Look in your local wine shops not only for the Austrian examples but also offerings from local producers like Shady Lane, Chateau Grand Traverse, Black Star Farms, St. Julian, Fenn Valley, and Mari Vineyards.
Grüner Veltliner, pairs well with a wide range of food. First and foremost, GruVe’s acidity matches well with spicy foods and richly flavored foods. It serves as a great partner to most lighter bodied seafood dishes, as well as meat dishes including veal, chicken, turkey and pork chops. And lastly, Grüner Veltliner is a vegetable wine -- it pairs very well with mushrooms, artichokes, potatoes, green peppers and it goes really well with Asparagus -- especially Michigan grown asparagus!
GruVe is very affordable, is great during the warm summer months and pairs well with a variety of dishes enjoyed by a lot of us during those hot summer days. So what are you waiting for? Go find a GruVe and give it a shot this summer. We think it will become a summer wine ‘must have’ on your list for years to come . . .