Grüner Veltliner of white wine grape variety grown primarily in Austria , Slovakia , and the Czech Republic . It has a reputation of being a particularly food-friendly wine . It is made into wines of many different styles. In recent years, plantings of Grüner Veltliner have been expanding in the New World wine regions of Australia, New Zealand, theUnited States and Canada. The primary fruit flavors in Grüner Veltliner are lime, lemon and grapefruit.
Today it is one of the most popular grapes of Australia. In Canada BC is starting to produce wines from this varity.
Pascal Madevon, who is now at Culmina Family Estate and formerly managed Osoyoos Larose made British Columbia's Okanagan first Grüner Veltliner released it under a proprietary name, Unicus. Their Grüner Veltliner was planted in 2011. The grape was introduced to BC by De Vine Vineyards on Vancouver Island released in 2012.
BorderTown a new and exciting winery in Osoyoos is also producing the wine; also the Hatch West Kelowna, British Columbia
One of BC's elite wineries Summerhill Pyramid Winery released their first vintage in 2015.. It quickly sold out.
Reviews by John Schreiner:
Culmina Unicus 2013 ($27 for 60 cases). This expresses the classical varietal fingerprint of the Grüner Veltliner – the touch of white pepper in the aroma and the palate. There is also tropical fruit in the aroma, leading to flavours of citrus and melon. The texture is rich; and the wine has a lingering dry finish. 92.
Fort Berens Grüner Veltliner (not released). This is a delicious white with a core of tropical fruit flavours that linger on the palate. The texture is full but the finish is dry. 91.