The Wines of Austria, Part Four: Thursday, April 1, 6 pm
Kissing Cousins: The Two Veltliners of Austria (& More)
There’s the serious side of Austrian culture. This is the side of Mozart and Bruckner, Rilke and Klimt. And there’s the party side of Austrian culture. This is the side of the waltz and the yodel, Apple Strudel and Wiener Schnitzel. On Thursday, April 1, Waterford Wine is all in for an Austria party, with the Veltliner wines of Weingut Leth from the region of Wagram.
The name Wagram derives from the German Wogenrain, which roughly means surfside. In the region, loess soils from eras of glaciers cover subsoils of marine deposits from the ancient course of the Danube River. This terroir is ideal for Veltliner grapes — both Austria’s national treasure, Grüner Veltliner — as well as Wagram’s autochthonous specialty, Roter Veltliner. Weingut Leth offers exemplary bottlings from both of these white wine grapes.
The master of ceremonies for our Veltliner party is Erin Grace, the Austian wine aficionado and expert of the Wisconsin wholesale wine distributor Select Sellars.