Other styles may hog the spotlight (for now!), but Austrian wines are seriously good buys and definitely deserve a place in your wine rack.
If you’ve yet to partake, then this elegant Grüner Veltliner will be your perfect introduction. Meaning “ray of sunshine” in German, Sonnenstrahl hails from Austria’s premium Niederösterreich region, which specializes in Grüner Veltliner (44% of the vineyard area is dedicated to the grape).
Grüner Veltliner (or “Grü-Vee,” as it’s called by fans) has grown to prominence as Austria’s star white grape. It’s also a favorite recommendation for top sommeliers, as its tongue-tingling acidity and subtle fruit flavors make it one of the most food-friendly whites out there. This one is positively brimming with ripe, tropical- and citrus-fruit flavors and classic peppery spice notes.
If you need a little sunshine in your glass – no matter the season – this may be a favorite new find.