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The flagship grape of Austria, Grüner Veltliner is a natural cross of Traminer and St. Georgen. Grüner accounts for almost 30% of all grapes planted with around 13,500 hectares under vine in the country. The Austrian native has become an international sensation amongst sommeliers worldwide as the perfect food wine due to its high acidity. In Austria it is prized for the easy drinking wine it produces but can also wow the palate with complexity in the right winemaker’s hands. The typical flavor profile is often described as displaying elements of green apple with an unmistakable white pepper spiciness.
The deep loess soils of the Kreutles vineyard were deposited by ancient winds, which dropped glacially-eroded gneiss into the Wachau. The calcareous soil provides an ideal home for the expressive Grüner Veltliner, and Knoll coaxes a rich, balanced wine from the terroir of Kreutles, garnering the Vinea Wachau’s “Smaragd” designation, which is reserved for only the finest wines of the region.