Adelaide Hills – the confirmed capital of Gruner Veltliner in Australia!

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Hahndorf Hill Winery
  Adelaide Hills

Last month a Gruner Growers Group (GGG) meeting was held at Hahndorf Hill cellar door.  The main purpose of the meeting was to taste some examples from top Austrian Gruner producers and also to review all the Gruners produced from the 2015 Adelaide Hills vintage.

Hahndorf Hill Gruner Veltliner tasting Oct 2015

Adelaide Hills Gruner Veltliner tasting, Hahndorf Hill Oct 2015

I can happily report that it was a long and interesting morning. After tasting the flight of seven imported wines, we then proceeded to sniff and swirl our way through no less than 21 examples of Adelaide Hills Gruner Veltliners.
There are now 17 Gruner producers who make wine from Adelaide Hills fruit, with several making more than one style – hence the 21 wines.

Hahndorf Hill Gruner Veltliner tasting Oct 2015

Glasses await Gruner – Tasting Oct 2015 Hahndorf Hill

It is very gratifying to see how this variety has evolved and expanded in the Adelaide Hills with so many excellent examples of different styles of this wine.

Within six years of this variety being introduced to the region, there is now far more acreage of Gruner V planted in the Adelaide Hills than in the rest of Australia combined. It is also now the most planted of the so-called white alternative grape varieties in our region, with the exception of Viognier (which has been around since the late 1980’s). As a consequence of this, the Adelaide Hills wine show is now the first regional wine show in Australia to have a dedicated Gruner Veltliner category included in its schedule.



List of Austrian wines tasted:
Weingut Am Berg    Kellerberg Grüner Veltliner  2014  – (12.5% alc)  – Kamptal region
Weingut Bründlmayer   Berg Vogelsang Grüner Veltliner 2013 – (12.5% alc)  – Kamptal region
Jurtschitsch    Lamm Grüner Veltliner Kamptal Reserve – (13.5% alc)  – Kamptal region
Weingut Hirtl   Kirchberg Grüner Veltliner 2014 – (12.5% alc) – Weinvertel region
Weingut Knoll   Loibner Grüner Veltliner Steinfeder 2014 (11.0% alc) – Wachau region
Weingut Franz Hirtzberger Honivogl Gruner Veltliner Smaragd 2014 (13.5% alc) – Wachau region
Weingut Bründlmayer  Vincent Spiegel Reserve Gruner Veltliner 2013 (13.5% alc) – Kamptal region

Current list of Gruner producers who use Adelaide Hills grown fruit:
Alan & Veitch
By Jingo
Catlin Wines
CRFT wines
Hahndorf Hill Winery
Henschke Wines
K1 Wines / Handcrafted by Geoff Hardy
Longview Vineyard
Main & Cherry
Mt Bera
Nova Vita
Pike & Joyce
Smidge Wines
The Pawn Wine Co.
Tomich Wines

Hahndorf Hill Gruner Veltliner tasting Oct 2015

Aftermath – Gruner tasting at Hahndorf Hill

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