Wine and fun! What could be better? We found a refreshing Austrian Grüner Veltliner perfect for the lighter fare of Oktoberfest. While many people think that Grüner is just a summer wine, this wine is the perfect pairing for lighter Austrian food as well as sipping in the warmer climes of the Gulf Coast.
What is Grüner Veltliner?
Grüner Veltliner is a white wine grape grown primarily in Austria and in the Czech Republic. The most widely planted grape variety in Austria, Grüner Veltliner makes up 37 percent of the country’s total vineyard area. Food friendly and aromatic, Grüner Veltliner is made in primarily two styles. Grapes from steep, Rhine-like vineyards of the Danube west of Vienna have a distinct minerality that makes them good for aging in the cellar. For those who prefer a younger, fresh flavor, grapes from the plains make the perfect Grüner. These are the wines with citrus and spice notes, most often enjoyed in the Heurigen (wine pubs) of Austria.
2009 LOIS Grüner Veltliner – Refreshingly fun!
LOIS is described as Winery Fred Loimer’s cheerful Grüne Veltliner. The color of fresh new straw, the nose is a bright melange of lemony citrus, green apple, and pear. On the palate we get notes of spice and a fresh acidity that works well with the grilled pork chops we paired with it. Joe calls this the Grüner for people who don’t like Grüner! At just 12% alcohol by volume and priced under $15 we find we can like it a lot.
Says the winemaker…
Its grade of ripeness is influenced by the Pannonian-continental climate; its freshness derives from the cool air streams originating in the higher Waldviertel; and its spiciness is owed to the unique loess soils along the river Kamp which emerged over the course of millions of years.
So what’s with all the fun?
Apart from being a very drinkable and food friendly wine, this particular vintage celebrates LOIS tenth year of production. While each bottle looks the same on the outside, each also has a “surprise”! Each bottle has a peelable back label, with 10 different birthday “jubilee” variations. Our bottle had 10 o’clock; and other bottles include a pair of dice, a pair of hands; and a tape measure. Unfortunately only three are available in the US, so I supposed we’ll have to travel to Austria to get our hands on the others.
Winery Fred Loimer is “Bio Certified”
In addition to its pale green tinge in the bottle, LOIS represents one of the winemaker’s first bio-certified wines now on the market. Since 2006, Fred Loimer has been managing his vineyards according to bio-dynamic principles. A member of “Respekt” Fred Loimer joins 14 other winemakers/estates in various Austrian wine regions who have committed to manage their vineyards in a natural way, and to preserve their soils and healthy grapevines for future generations.
In addition to adhering to its own bio-dynamic principles which follow the EU Codex for Bio-Wine, these winemakers seek to produce “wines of inspiration” that have been handcrafted and express their individual characteristics “without fitting into any stereotypical mold.” And the 2009 LOIS Grüner Veltliner does just that.
Here’s a video that shows all of the 10th anniversary LOIS wine labels: