Grüner Veltliner is the perfect white wine for grilled sausages loaded with sauerkraut & onions, BLT sandwiches smothered in mayo, pork schnitzel, smoked salmon, pasta tossed in pesto sauce, steamed asparagus, and potato leek soup.   Grüner Veltliner also pairs amazingly with notoriously difficult foods such as artichokes, bell pepper and asparagus.  Where other wines will fail and taste bitter, Grüner Veltliner makes these foods sing.

Crisp and clean, Grüner Veltliner notes of grapefruit, melon, green vegetables (pureed peas, celery paste, green herbs and grilled zucchini) and spicy white pepper.  Grüner Veltliner is also famous for its wet rock minerality that gives it a stony tang. When you combine all of these aromas, some claim the combination smells like fresh cat litter.

Grüner Veltliner is most famously produced in Austria, however the nearby countries of Hungary and the Czech Republic also make exceptional bottles.  Notable producers include Brunderlmayer, Hirtzberger, Nigl, Pichler, Prager, Undhof, and Schloss Gobelsburg.  There is a huge range in quality when it comes to Austrian Grüner Veltliner so if you’re new to the wine, do a bit of research, or ask around at your local wine shop for recommendations.

Best Food with Grüner Veltliner

Grüner VeltlinerAsparagus
Grüner VeltlinerCauliflower, Raw
Grüner VeltlinerSaag
Grüner VeltlinerBLT Sandwich
Grüner VeltlinerCalifornia Roll
Grüner VeltlinerChicken Tortilla Soup
Grüner VeltlinerDragon Roll (Sushi)
Grüner VeltlinerSmoked Salmon
Grüner VeltlinerLamb Curry Dishes
Grüner VeltlinerGreen Papaya Salad
Grüner VeltlinerTilapia
Grüner VeltlinerShrimp
Grüner VeltlinerPotato Leek Soup
Grüner VeltlinerBratwurst Sausage
Grüner VeltlinerHaddock
Grüner VeltlinerScallops with Ginger
Grüner VeltlinerHam
Grüner VeltlinerCauliflower Soup
Grüner VeltlinerItalian Sausage
Grüner VeltlinerCabbage
Grüner VeltlinerGreen Bean Tempura
Grüner VeltlinerCorned Beef and Cabbage
Grüner VeltlinerVeal
Grüner VeltlinerPork Schnitzel
Grüner VeltlinerMussels
Grüner VeltlinerBraised Abalone
Grüner VeltlinerTrout
Grüner VeltlinerSom Tam Teang
Grüner VeltlinerButternut Squash Soup
Grüner VeltlinerOkra Tempura
Grüner VeltlinerTurkey
Grüner VeltlinerSpinach
Grüner VeltlinerClams
Grüner VeltlinerChicken Pot Pie
Grüner VeltlinerFried Whiting Fish
Grüner VeltlinerCauliflower
Grüner VeltlinerScallops
Grüner VeltlinerRed Snapper
Grüner VeltlinerFish with Ginger
Grüner VeltlinerCucumber and Bagoong Salad
Grüner VeltlinerAvocado
Grüner VeltlinerHerbed Sole
Grüner VeltlinerPotato
Grüner VeltlinerYuzu-koshou (yuzu-pepper paste)
Grüner VeltlinerPâté
Grüner VeltlinerAsparagus Tempura
Grüner VeltlinerSwordfish with Peppercorn Crust
Grüner VeltlinerPotato Soup
Grüner VeltlinerPasta with Pesto Sauce
Grüner VeltlinerAnchovies
Grüner VeltlinerCha Knyey
Grüner VeltlinerCarrots
Grüner VeltlinerArugula
Grüner VeltlinerGreen Beans
Grüner VeltlinerNamasu (Daikon radish & carrots salad)
Grüner VeltlinerBun Mang Ga - Chicken & Bamboo Soup
Grüner VeltlinerBacon
Grüner VeltlinerPaneer Cheese
Grüner VeltlinerTonkatsu Katsu (pork cutlet) - Without Sauce
Grüner VeltlinerKale
Grüner VeltlinerTempura
Grüner VeltlinerCucumber Soup (cold)
Grüner VeltlinerLeeks
Grüner VeltlinerChicken Peri Peri
Grüner VeltlinerCaviar
Grüner VeltlinerSole Fried
Grüner VeltlinerSausage
Grüner VeltlinerSauerkraut Soup
Grüner VeltlinerArtichoke Pizza
Grüner VeltlinerTa Pin Lu - Chrysanthemum Hot Pot
Grüner VeltlinerDolmades with Olives and Feta
Grüner VeltlinerWiener Schnitzel
Grüner VeltlinerShiso Leaf Tempura
Grüner VeltlinerCamembert Cheese
Grüner VeltlinerFrench Onion Soup
Grüner VeltlinerComté Cheese
Grüner VeltlinerRed Bell Pepper
Grüner VeltlinerShrimp Scampi
Grüner VeltlinerSag Paneer
Grüner VeltlinerPike
Grüner VeltlinerAioli
Grüner VeltlinerArtichoke
Grüner VeltlinerVegetarian Dishes
Grüner VeltlinerGuacamole
Grüner VeltlinerSwiss Chard
Grüner VeltlinerPea Soup
Grüner VeltlinerSalmon Burgers
Grüner VeltlinerLancashire Cheese
Grüner VeltlinerWax Pepper
Grüner VeltlinerBluefish
Grüner VeltlinerSalt Cod
Grüner VeltlinerLobster with Ginger
Grüner VeltlinerSunchokes
Grüner VeltlinerSea Bass
Grüner VeltlinerVietnamese Cuisine
Grüner VeltlinerGreen Onion
Grüner VeltlinerHerbed Dishes
Grüner VeltlinerSpinach and Feta Cheese Pastry
Grüner VeltlinerChinese Cuisine
Grüner VeltlinerHamburgers with Cheese
Grüner VeltlinerCroque Monsieur
Grüner VeltlinerJicama
Grüner VeltlinerGreek Salad
Grüner VeltlinerRicotta Cheese
Grüner VeltlinerShitake Mushrooms
Grüner VeltlinerRadishes
Grüner VeltlinerChicken Fried Steak
Grüner VeltlinerEnchiladas
Grüner VeltlinerBroccoli
Grüner VeltlinerNiçoise Salad
Grüner VeltlinerGrilled Shrimp
Grüner VeltlinerOnion
Grüner VeltlinerPork Chops
Grüner VeltlinerCapers
Grüner VeltlinerThai Cuisine
Grüner VeltlinerFennel
Grüner VeltlinerFried Chicken
Grüner VeltlinerSorrel
Grüner VeltlinerCeviche
Grüner VeltlinerCoconut
Grüner VeltlinerDeviled Eggs
Grüner VeltlinerGinger
Grüner VeltlinerGreen Bell Pepper
Grüner VeltlinerCelery
Grüner VeltlinerEndive
Grüner VeltlinerSalmon Grilled on a Cedar Plank
Grüner VeltlinerHot Dogs

Grüner Veltliner & Smoked Salmon Pairing

Grüner Veltliner is perfect for smoked fish, such as smoked salmon, as this citrusy and refreshing wine cuts through the saltiness, richness and smoky flavours of this dish, leaving you with a refreshing and clean finish.  This allows each bite of smoked salmon to taste as intriguing and fresh as the first bite, as Grüner Veltliner acts as a palate cleanser as it whisks all the salt, smoke and fattiness away.  Serve your smoked salmon with a side of leek and potato mash to further complement the green flavours of Grüner Veltliner.

For the similar reasons, Grüner Veltliner is exceptional with other smoked or cured meats, particularly bacon or ham. Grüner Veltliner is also an excellent match with seafood that have a bit of saltiness to it, such as Caviar.

BLT Sandwich & Grüner Veltliner Pairing

My favourite way to enjoy Grüner Veltliner is with a BLT sandwich slathered in mayonnaise. A BLT is a Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato sandwich served on toasted bread cut into four triangles and served with freshly cut French Fries. I’m not sure if it’s a regional thing only eaten in Canada, where it’s a favourite lunchtime staple.

The citrus notes and refreshing nature of Grüner Veltliner are the perfect foil against the salty bacon flavours of the BLT sandwich, while the tangy acidity of the wine won’t clash with the fresh slices of tomato.  Meanwhile, the white pepper notes of the wine turn this simple lunchtime staple into a meal fit for royalty.

Asparagus and Grüner Veltliner Wine Pairings

Asparagus is notoriously difficult to pair white wine with, as the sharp flavours of this vegetable makes most white wine taste bitter and sour.  Fortunately, due to its green nature, Grüner Veltliner is perfect with Asparagus and all other green vegetables. This white wine can easily befriend asparagus, or a peppery arugula and mescaline-based salad, sautéed mushrooms, potato leek soup, cauliflower soup, anything tossed in Pesto Sauce, or a grilled vegetable sandwich.

The reason why Grüner Veltliner works so well with Asparagus is that its high acidity jives perfectly with the green and bitter flavours of Asparagus.  Meanwhile, the pepper notes, along with stone fruit, citrus and green apple flavours add further complexity to this favourite springtime vegetable.

Grüner Veltliner & Sausage Pairing

Grüner Veltliner is excellent with Sausage, particularly bratwurst, or sausages loaded up with mustard, onions, peppers and sauerkraut. Being an acidic white wine, Grüner Veltliner holds up to the vinegar in the mustard, as well as the pungent flavours of the onions and sauerkraut.  Finally, instead of leaving you with sausage burps for the next couple of hours, Grüner Veltliner delivers refreshing notes of lime, lemon, peach, pear and grapefruit, which help keep your breath fresh.

Grüner Veltliner & Chicken Pot Pie Pairing

The aromas of melon, peach, pear and grapefruit found in Grüner Veltliner lift up the subtle flavours of the poultry in a Chicken Pot Pie, making the chicken morsels and out and seducing you further with their savoury charm. You’ll also get green vegetable flavours in this wine, such as green beans, pureed peas, grilled zucchini and fresh green herbs that complement any green veggies tossed into your pot pie. My homemade chicken pot pies always contain peas, as I love the marriage of peas and the savoury chicken gravy.

Furthermore, Grüner Veltliner has a unique white pepper flavour that will bring your Chicken Pot Pie to new heights. Meanwhile, the herbal and mineral notes of Grüner Veltliner are right at home with the savoury gravy and vegetable flavours in your Chicken Pot Pie.