Gruner Veltliner

One of the great white wine successes of recent years is the ever-growing catalogue of good Austrian wines made from this grape (whose name is sometimes abbreviated by American wine-buyers as "gru-ve"), related to gewürztraminer. It accounts for about a third of all the grapes grown in Austria, and is also widely cultivated in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. A few wineries in California, Oregon, and New York State are growing it, too. Grüner veltliner can produce rather ordinary wines, fine for quaffing, but also wines of great sophistication, with complex aromas and flavors and a pronounced mineral character.