Weingut Steininger – A True Expression of the Grape

It is not often that I will declare my favourite in any wine sense from winery to wine region, but when it comes to one certain white grape variety then I have always had my secret little gem label that I go back to.

As a lover of sparkling wines then there are countless grapes to enjoy and fall in love along with different makers, styles, terroirs and more. From tank method to triple fermentation, from white to red, from vintage to a mere nipper – Sparkling wine holds many variations.

I will get to the point. Grüner Veltliner I knew nothing about until one day Steininger entered the Glass of Bubbly Awards and for an article I got to taste their dedicated sparkling label to this grape. From there I have explored many great wineries producing a label of 100% Grüner Veltliner and I am yet to doubt my loyalty to the Steininger label.Christopher Walkey

When you work in the wine industry and especially within your first few years then it is all about discovering new flavours/grapes and new regions. When you hold a number of years experience then you are more inclined to explore deeper the wine regions and grape varieties you know off by heart to delve into undiscovered wineries or explore deeper those that you favour including rarer vintages etc. I am in the transition period of wine discoveries and I am now looking deeper into the regions and styles that for me have stood out.

Grüner Veltliner Grape

Grüner Veltliner Grape – Photo Credit AustrianWine.com


So, one of my passions is out and that is the Grüner Veltliner grape and this brings me to applauding Austrian sparkling wines mostly though I have also touched upon and eager to expand experiences of the Czech Republic, Hungary and  Slovakia where this grape is grown and used.

Grape Variety – Grüner Veltliner:

  • White Grape Variety
  • Cool to some medium climate growing conditions
  • Austria most popular country for this grape
  • Still and sparkling wines

Weingut Steininger

I have yet to visit the winery yet I feel that I know them very well already. A family run wine producer located in the northern region of Austria and just a fifty minute drive from the border with the Czech Republic. The winery itself is in the town of Langenlois and their vineyards form part of the Niederösterreich (27,128ha) wine region where the Grüner Veltliner grape is in fact its most popular.

Weingut Steininger can also boast a fine family tradition to their winemaking, initially farming with a few vineyards to expanding the production annually and quality / selection of wines (sparkling wines since in 1989). Currently, three daughters now lead the winery and their global sales with Eva, Anna and Lisa.

Good wines are only created through the perfect interplay of many factors: in addition to natural influences such as soil, climate and weather, our personal experiences and ideas also flow into our wines and thus give them a…

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