Austria’s Grüner Veltliner: The Best Wines Under $15


Grüner Veltliner is the national grape of Austria and one of the world’s elite white wine grapes. The best examples of Grüner are expensive, but many delicious bottlings can be found at affordable prices. We recently tasted hundreds of Grüners for our Report # 25, the Wines of Austria. In this article, we’ve selected the very best wines that are imported to the US and cost $15 or less.

Many consumers are only familiar with the simplest style of Grüner Veltliner, which is light, fresh, lively and delicate wines, often sold in liter bottles, and generally comes from vines grown in loess or sandstone soils, often from the large Weinviertel region north and west of Vienna. These wines usually cost less than $15/bottle and are excellent values. But very good, more complex wines can also be found in this price range, often from some of the best locations in the Lower Danube and elsewhere in Austria.

Our ten highest scoring wines under $15 are listed below with our point evaluations. The full reviews of these and other wines can be found in Report # 25 and on our data base at iwinereview.com.

THE INTERNATIONAL WINE REVIEW’S TEN BEST INEXPENSIVE GRUNER VELTLINERS

Schloss Gobelsburg 2009 Grüner Veltliner Gobelsburger Kamptal 90 A bargain from one of the most famous producers of Grüner Veltliner in all of Austria.

Anton Bauer 2009 Gmork Wagram 89 A superb value from organically grown grapes.

Machherndl 2009 Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Kollmitz Wachau 89 This 8th generation family winery produces this wine from Kollmitz, one of the Wachau’s most famous vineyards.

Ecker 2009 Grüner Veltliner Wagram 88+ Ecker is a small, family winery that specializes in Grüner Veltliner.

Steinfeld 2009 Grüner Veltliner Neiderösterreich 88+ This very good Grüner is made by the highly respected Stadt Krems Cooperative for Winebow.

Glatzer 2009 Grüner Veltliner Freiheit Carnuntum 88 Not all good Grüner is made in the Lower Danube; this one comes from the Carnuntum region located east of Vienna.

Schwarzböck 2009 Grüner Veltliner Weinviertel 88 This wine, made in a village just outside Vienna, shows lots of Grüner character.

Setzer 2009 Grüner Veltliner Weinviertel 88 This is another example of an excellent Grüner from the Weinviertel region.

Steininger 2009 Grüner Veltliner Kamptal 88 A delicious Grüner showing chalk and minerals from the winery associated with Austria’s famous Loisium wine museum.

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