Undisputedly the most important white wine variety in Austria (with approximately a third of the total vineyard area). The Grüner Veltliner is predominat in Niederösterreich (in the Weinviertel and along the Danube) and Vienna. The spectrum of styles range from the base for sparkling wine production to light-bodied, youthful and quaffable wines to rich, quite exceptional vintage wines and nobly sweet dessert wines especially as Ice Wine).
All styles of Grüner Veltliner share the recognisable mix of fruit (apple, pear, quince) and spice (characteristic pepperiness and nuances of nut). The synonym of Weißgipfler, and although rarely used nowadays, takes its name from the pale, white-coloured buds.