Roter Veltliner

Roter Veltliner ancient Austrian white variety makes powerful wine Roter Veltliner is a white grape variety used to make some of Austria’s most distinctive and individual wines. It is grown mainly in the country's eastern Weinviertel region but is also found in parts of Lower Austria, Styria and Burgenland. The variety has a reddish-brown hue, and produces wines with aromas of melon, pepper, and spices.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

The Roter Veltliner grape has a reddish-brown hue, which is derived from the brown-black seeds of the variety. Its wines have a rich taste, with aromas of melon, white pepper, and spices. The variety has a relatively high acidity, and is often blended with other varieties in order to produce a balanced and harmonious wine.

Fresh Roter Veltliner grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Roter Veltliner is a late-ripening variety and is typically harvested in mid-September. It is usually left on the vine for as long as possible to ensure that the grapes reach full ripeness. The grape bunches are usually very tight, hence susceptible to botrytis bunch rot. Roter Veltliner is typically fermented in stainless steel tanks in order to preserve its freshness and vibrant aromas. The wine is often aged in oak casks, which adds complexity and structure to the wine. In the Weinviertel region, Roter Veltliner is usually made in a dry style, with ripe fruit and mineral notes. The wines are often aged for a short period in oak barrels, which adds complexity to the wine. In Lower Austria, the variety is usually made in a richer and more full-bodied style, with ripe fruit aromas and a hint of spice. The wines are usually aged for a longer period in oak barrels, which adds complexity and structure to the wine. Roter Veltliner wines are a great match for a variety of dishes, including spicy Asian cuisine, fish and shellfish, and white meats. The variety's high acidity and crispness makes it a great accompaniment to salads and lighter dishes.

Foods to pair with Roter Veltliner:

Asian food
White meats
Baked vegetables
Fun Fact about Roter Veltliner
Roter Veltliner is sometimes blended with the red variety Zweigelt, which creates a unique and distinctive “rosé” style of wine. This type of wine is becoming increasingly popular in Austria, and has become a symbol of the country's viticultural heritage.

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Loimer Achtung! Gemischter Satz


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Respect is a central theme at the Loimer winery, extending not only to nature and wine but also to interpersonal relationships. Fred leads the enterprise, which now comprises a dedicated team united by a passion for winemaking. Together, they form a system as dynamic and interconnected as the ecosystem in Loimer's vineyards. Their collective goal is to produce characterful wines that bring joy from the first to the last sip. As a symbol of their commitment to sustainable practices in ecological, economic, and social aspects, Loimer wines proudly bear the "Certified Sustainable Austria" label.
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Leth Roter Veltliner Klassik is a standout wine that showcases the unique character of the Roter Veltliner grape variety. Produced in a renowned appellation, this wine hails from a vineyard with exceptional features, such as well-drained soils and optimal sun exposure. The winemaking process is carefully executed, resulting in a wine that beautifully captures the essence of the grape. With its vibrant acidity and expressive aromatics, this wine offers a refreshing and lively drinking experience. Its distinct style combines notes of citrus, white pepper, and a hint of floral undertones, making it a delightful choice for those seeking a memorable and distinctive white wine.
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