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Grüner Veltliner

The Sommelier Collective
Grüner Veltliner Awards

Results 2022

It’s a cool category and a somm favourite. But did our range of Grüners live up to the expectations of the Collective’s judging teams?

Grüner Veltliner has gone from being a niche to a must-stock over the last 15 years; a style that is a key element on lists from gastropub to three-star Michelin. On this evidence, it’s easy to see why.

And with the majority of wines priced from £10-£14 that represents impressive value for money.

Alexia Gallouet
The pale green glow of Gruner
Mattia Mazzi

Almost two-thirds of our entrants scored 90 points or higher

Stylistically, the wines went from fairly rich, almost unctuous – particularly a couple of the New World versions – to quite slimline, mineral and dialled back. There were fans of both extremes, but generally speaking the wines that scored best combined both elements – a ripeness and complexity of fruit – often with spicy, savoury notes in the background –  backed up with a tapering minerality.

Genuinely, there were no bad wines here. Even our lowest-scoring Austrian was priced at a level that it could do a great job for certain types of venue.

Results 2022

Grüner Veltliner Awards 2022

Full results from The Sommelier Collective Grüner Veltliner Awards 2022
ScoreProducerWine nameUK Importer & PriceTasting Notes
95Laurenz VCharming Grüner Veltliner 2019, AustriaBibendum Price £19.99Peach, elderflower and herbal aromas with a sea shell minerality. Complex finish.' ALM; 'Honeysuckle, ginger and herbs. Good intensity and freshness with a long finish.' AG; 'Clarity on the nose, elegant on the palate. Precise, clean and classic.' MR
95Martin DiwaldGosing Grüner Veltliner 2019, AustriaGraft Wine Company Price £13.35Subtle note of crushed seashells, dried herbs and clotted cream. This has pace and poise. Lingering.' MM; 'Long and weighty, but also mineral and saline, this is a serious style. Complex and elegant.' RM; 'Spicy and complex with a textural softness.' JC; 'Tart acidity but balanced, with a round, slightly creamy texture.' BB
94Laurenz VFriendly Grüner Veltliner 2020, AustriaBibendum Price £12.53A good concentration of ripe yellow fruits, like banana on both nose and palate. Acidity carries through to the finish.' AG; 'Mineral, grapefruit, white pepper and rocks, this is intense and very elegant, with a great balance - and good value.' MS; 'A weighty, exuberant style. Tropical notes throughout, but well balanced.' MR
93Weingut R&A PfafflGrüner Veltliner Weinviertel 2021, DAC Haiden, AustriaEnotria&Coe Price £11.10Tarragon and fennel with banana and papaya. Palate is lean and steely with a hint of bitterness.' JvH 'Honey, white pepper and peach with a salty seaweed finish.' MS; 'Tropical green papaya with elegant white flowers. This is refined, elegant and direct.' MR
92LenzmarkNew Chapter Grüner Veltliner 2020, AustriaBibendum Price £20.93Rich chamomile and pineapple aromas, but also refreshing with a wet-stone minerality. Long fruit-driven finish.' ALM; Plenty of high notes of exotic yellow fruit. Good texture and balance.' JvH; 'Stone fruit and spices. Very gastronomic.' MR
91Josef & Philipp BrundlmayerGrüner Veltliner Kaiserstiege 2019, Kamptal, AustriaFlint Wines Price £12.75Intense herbal notes with undertones of lemon oil. It's very focused on the minerality, with herbal seaweed aromas.' ALM; 'Peach, pear and apple fruit, with granite minerality and floral hints adding to the complexity.' JvH; 'Minerals and white pepper, nectarine and wet stone. Good structure!' MS
91Yealands Estate WineryYealands Estate Single Vineyard Grüner Veltliner 2019, Marlborough, New ZealandEnotria&Coe Price £12.91Full and ripe. Mineral with edgy depth. Complex and long.' RM; 'Ripe lemon and orange peel with good acidity and minerality. Well balanced with a good finish.' BB; 'All the characteristics of GV from a warmer region. A truthful interpretation of the variety.' MM
90Weingut Stift GoettweigFurth Grüner Veltliner 2020, Kremstal, AustriaJascots Wine Merchants Price £10.50Quite fruit-forward, it's a more generous style, but good solid winemaking. A good By the Glass example.' MR; 'White fruits, white pepper, good fruits and finish. This is really enjoyable.' AG; 'Nectarine and elderflower notes - long rich finish with zesty acidity. Good for by the glass.' ALM
90Laurenz VSinging Grüner Veltliner 2020, AustriaBibendum Price £10.74Creamy and elegant - maybe hints of lees work here? Less about fruit, more about structure. A tier up in terms of quality.' MM; 'Refined and precise, with detailed acidity. Subtle.' JC; 'Dry and elegant. Quietly complex with a long finish.' RM
90Huia VineyardsGrüner Veltliner 2019, Marlborough, New ZealandFlint Wines Price £11.50Mineral and smoky with a slight TDN [petrol] character. Lime blossom, creamy and integrated on the palate. A firm and serious style.' JC; 'Riper style with a touch of botrytis perhaps? Though the acidity compensates.' RM; 'Petrol resin, melon, lemon pith and honeycomb.' MW
88Weingut NastlGrüner Veltliner Klassik 2020, AustriaJeroboams Trade Price £9.81Intense pear and yellow fruit nose with some floral notes and a stony minerality.' JvH; 'Floral and lemon aromas with some herbal rosemary notes. Pretty well balanced.' MS
88Weingut R&A PfafflGrüner Veltliner Vom Haus 2021, AustriaEnotria&Coe Price £10.92Generous tropical nose and an oily mid-palate. Well made but a bit lacking in acidity.' MR; 'Passionfruit, pineapple - lots of exotic fruit with stony minerality and texture.' JvH
87Weingut R&A PfafflGrüner Veltliner Weinviertel 2021, DAC Zeisen, AustriaEnotria&Coe Price £12.23Green apple and slate with mineral hints. Ripe, almost creamy, with a buzzing acidity. Classic.' RM; 'Citrus and orchard fruit, basil and lemon grass. Well balanced.' BB
86Seifried Family WinemakersGrüner Veltliner 2021, Nelson, New ZealandFells Price £9.40Refreshing herbs and citrus. A bit like an NZ Sauvignon, though the peppery chalky finale winks at Austria.' MM; 'Tangerine peel, citrus and herbs.' BB
85Ferdinand MayrFunkstille Grüner Veltliner 2021, AustriaAlliance Wine Price £8.50Floral, ripe fruit and quite open. Approachable.' BB; 'Clean, light and refreshing. This is simple but well-executed. A good entry-level Gruner.'
85LowboiGrüner Veltliner 2021, Mt Barker, AustraliaGraft Wine Company Price £17.35Light, fresh, citrus profile - lemon tart and orange peel. Good acidity.' BB; 'Crisp palate. This starts ripe and finishes mineral.' RM; 'Pepper, celery and lime. Racy and elegant.' MM

Judges’ Recommendations

Classic Wachau terraces in the heart of Gruner country. Pic: Karl Bauer, Wikimedia Commons

At the end of each Awards tasting we ask all our judges to nominate their favourite wine.

We do this because there are lots of reasons why you guys – our members – might be interested in trying a wine – and recommendations by respected fellow professionals, such as our judging team below, is one of them…

The wines our tasters have picked don’t have to have been the glitziest, best value or highest scoring wine that they tried – just one that that spoke to them, for whatever reason.

Beatrice Bessi

Laurenz V Singing Grüner Veltliner 2020 (90 points)

This is quite tart, with a bright acidity, good minerality and a herbal flavour profile. Lean and citrussy, it’s still youthful but balanced, with a good finish.

This would work by the glass, or food-matching for starters like oysters or seafood.

£10.74, Bibendum

Josh Castle

Huia Vineyards Gruner Veltliner 2019, Marlborough, New Zealand (90 points)

There’s an immediate complexity in the glass: mineral, smoky aromas along with a compelling Riesling-like rubber (TDN) characteristic. The palate is very serious with well-defined lime-blossom flavours and subtle acidity.

Good with richly flavoured dishes that feature a dairy element.

£11.50, Flint Wines

Mattia Mazzi

Martin Diwald Gosing Grüner Veltliner 2019, Austria (95 points)

This is an elegant, concentrated wine with the potential for ageing. It’s savoury, with the savoury, subtle nose of crushed seashells and sun dried herbs and clotted cream.

It would be great with roast chicken or pan-fried skin-on turbot with cannellini and marjoram.

£13.35, Graft Wine Company

Alexia Gallouet

Laurenz V Charming Grüner Veltliner 2019, Austria (95 points)

I found all the flavours I’d expect in a Grüner Veltliner here. Intense and spicy, with white flowers, honeysuckle and herbal notes, it would be a pleasure to describe this wine to guests.

It would be a good accompaniment for a biriani.

£19.99, Bibendum

Andre Luis Martins

Lenzmark New Chapter Grüner Veltliner 2020 (92 points)

There’s great typicity here, but with extra ripeness to the fruit. Chamomile and pineapple with notes of nectarine, herbal hints, plus refreshing sea-shell and wet stone minerality. 

This would be a great match with smoked fish or grilled Dover sole.

£20.93, Bibendum

Robert Mason

Martin Diwald Gosing Grüner Veltliner 2019, Austria (95 points)

The potential for lots of versatile food matching here is high. The wine has great depth and complexity while remaining quite quiet. It’s subtly complex, elegant and nuanced. Savoury, muted fruit aromas, almost saline it’s complex, elegant and serious.

Good with sage and butternut squash risotto.

£13.35, Graft Wine Company

Merlin Ramos

Laurenz V Friendly Grüner Veltliner (94 points)

This offers acidity, elegance, drinking pleasure and value for money. It would give guests a great example of Austria’s flagship variety. Steely and mineral, it expresses the classic Grüner style of pepper and capsicum with tropical notes.

A great introductory wine: well made and good value.

£12.53, Bibendum

Jan van Heesvelde

Josef & Philipp Brundlmayer Grüner Veltliner Kaiserstiege, Kamptal, Austria (91 points)

This is textural with lots of fruit and good complexity. The flavours and alcohol are integrated and it’s well balanced. The price is definitely justified.

A fresh, crisp crowd-pleaser, it would be a great by the glass pour.

£12.75, Flint Wines

Maria Sobrino

Laurenz V Friendly Grüner Veltliner (94 points)

With intense flavours of stone, wet pebbles, lemon, grapefruit and white pepper this is a very good expression of the Grüner style – and good value, too. There’s a nice balance between fruit and a delicate white pepper finish.

Good for seabream with crushed potatoes and Mediterranean vegetables.

£12.53, Bibendum

Matthew Wakeford

Huia Vineyards Gruner Veltliner 2019, Marlborough, New Zealand (90 points)

There’s a good balance here straight down the middle with complexity and a slight petrol/resin note alongside ripe melon, pith, lily and honeycomb.

It would work as a by the glass pour or part of a tasting menu – perhaps with raw fish.

£11.50, Flint Wines

The Wachau’s terraces are some of the steepest in the wine world. Pic: Woody Hibbard, Flickr

List Champions

The List Champions are, perhaps, one of the features that really set our Sommelier Collective Awards apart from other tasting competitions.

After the first round of judging, we look at scores, prices and tasting notes to draw up a shortlist of wines that we think will be great for specific key jobs on a restaurant list: for By The Glass, Group Dining and use in a Preservation System.

These shortlisted wines are then re-tasted by our judges, and the winners become our List Champions. We also give out awards for Best in Class and Best Value.

They’re meant to be super-practical and super-helpful; designed to help you home in quickly on finding wines that will really over-deliver for your restaurant. We hope you find them useful.

Judging the List Champions in round two
Not many corks in evidence…
Christine Parkinson and Chris Losh

Best in Class

Martin Diwald Gosing Grüner Veltliner 2019, Austria

Our Best in Class winner is, quite simply, the wine with the highest overall score from the tasting. This time, two wines were tied on the same score, the Martin Diwald and the Laurenz V Charming.

But we felt we had to separate them somehow, so we awarded it to the wine which most uniformly impressed our tasters. And that was the Martin Diwald – not one judge scored it below 94.

Still, a very close run thing with incredibly high standards; a good illustration of the quality generally on show in this category.

‘Subtle note of crushed seashells, dried herbs and clotted cream. This has pace and poise. Lingering.’ Mattia Mazzi

‘Long and weighty, but also mineral and saline, this is a serious style. Complex and elegant.’ Robert Mason

‘Spicy and complex with a textural softness.’ Josh Castle

‘Tart acidity but balanced, with a round, slightly creamy texture.’ Beatrice Bessi

£13.35, Graft Wine Company

Best Value for Money

Weingut Stifft Göttweig Furth Grüner Veltliner 2020, Kremstal, Austria

In our Value for Money award we’re looking, simply, for the wine that delivered the best score for the price. And 90 points for not much above entry level is an impressive showing.

If you’re looking for an approachable, enjoyable style of Grüner, that’s also highly representative of its place of origin and its variety, this is well worth a look.

‘Quite fruit-forward, it’s a more generous style, but good solid winemaking. A good By the Glass example.’ Merlin Ramos

‘White fruits, white pepper, good fruits and finish. This is really enjoyable.’ Alexia Gallouet

‘Nectarine and elderflower notes – long rich finish with zesty acidity. Good for by the glass.’ Andre Luis Martins

£10.50, Jascotts Wine Merchants

Best for By The Glass

Laurenz V Singing Grüner Veltliner 2020, Austria

Everyone knows what they want from By The Glass – something approachable and pretty classic in style that can work with and without food style and won’t scare too many of your guests. Oh, and at a great price.

It is, in other words, a notoriously tricky spot to fill – but the Laurenz V Singing did it brilliantly. Our tasters were unanimous in choosing it and repeatedly praised it for its balance and typicity.

‘Creamy and elegant – maybe hints of lees work here? Less about fruit, more about structure. A tier up in terms of quality.’ Mattia Mazzi

‘Refined and precise, with detailed acidity. Subtle.’ Josh Castle

‘Dry and elegant. Quietly complex with a long finish.’ Robert Mason

£10.74, Bibendum

Best for Group Dining

Laurenz V Friendly Grüner Veltliner 2020, Austria

A second List Champion award (plus one near miss in the Best in Class) rounded off an impressive performance for this winery. And yes, the wines are all tasted blind – they just clearly have a well-made and well-priced portfolio.

Group Dining is all about approachability – a style that is recognisably ‘classic’ (so the customer knows what they’re getting) but is a step up from By The Glass. This Friendly did that brilliantly. The word ‘balance’ came up in our tasters’ notes time and time again.

‘A good concentration of ripe yellow fruits, like banana on both nose and palate. Acidity carries through to the finish.’ Alexia Gallouet

‘Good varietal profile – citrus, lemon and orange peel. It’s fresh, lively and refreshing – well made.’ Beatrice Bessi

‘Mineral, grapefruit, white pepper and rocks, this is intense and very elegant, with a great balance – and good value.’ Maria Sobrino

‘A weighty, exuberant style. Tropical notes throughout, but well balanced.’ Merlin Ramos

£12.53, Bibendum

Best for Preservation System

Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Gruner Veltliner 2019, Marlborough, New Zealand

Your preservation system is where sommeliers go to play. It’s a place for the unusual, the expectation-confounding, and, often, the expensive.

Our winning Grüner ticked two of these boxes, since it was a New World example. But although it was different from an Austrian version, it was still recognisably Grüner – just one speaking with a different accent.

And it wasn’t expensive either. So this could work in cheaper venues with something as basic as a Vacuvin.

‘Full and ripe. Mineral with edgy depth. Complex and long.’ Robert Mason

‘Ripe lemon and orange peel with good acidity and minerality. Well balanced with a good finish.’ Beatrice Bessi

‘All the characteristics of GV from a warmer region. A truthful interpretation of the variety yet versatile and original.’ Mattia Mazzi

£12.91, Enotria



Many thanks to Andre Luis Martins and his team at the Cavalry and Guards Club for hosting us, providing us with a great lunch and making us all dress smartly for once.

Many thanks to our Collective Members who judged on the day (in alphabetical order): Beatrice Bessi, Chiltern Firehouse; Josh Castle, Noble Rot; Alexia Gallouet, ex D&D Stratford; Andre Luis Martins, the Cavalry and Guards Club; Robert Mason, The Cheese at Leadenhall; Mattia Mazzi, River Café; Merlin Ramos, The Mitre; Maria Sobrino, City Social; Jan van Heesveld, The Ledbury; Matthew Wakeford, Stovells

Kamptal vines soak up the rays of the last evening light. Pic courtesy of the team at Laurenz V