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 Malat family has been cultivating vineyards on this site since the 17th century when the “Höhlgraben” vineyard got its name from the German word “Höhle” meaning cave, ravine, or deep ditch. Grüner Veltliner cultivated on this site produces a spiciness of white pepper, floral aromas on the nose, and fine, elegant fruit characters on the palate.