2021 Rudi Pichler Grüner Veltliner "Federspiel", Wachau , Austria



Valley and hillside vineyards as well as high-elevation terraces inform the aromatic and spicy complexity of this wine, offering pure, sophisticated drinking pleasure. Grüner Veltliner Federspiel from the Wachau is a medium-weight wine and is fresh in style with notes of green apple, lemon, radish, and arugula. Grüner Veltliner’s bright acidity and savoury character make it an ideal partner to mildly spiced Thai, and Chinese flavours. Fish and shellfish are accented by Grüner Veltliner’s citrus and mineral profile while its acidity cuts the richness of pork or ham. It can also work well with foods that are difficult to pair such as asparagus.


A fixture in Wösendorf since 1731, the family dedicate themselves to viticulture, cultivating fifteen hectares of vineyard. Soils in the vineyard are from the most recent ice age, from 110,000–14,000 years ago, when loess was deposited from outwash plains and tundra, drifting in from the eastern side, while sites near the Danube River are composed from more recently accumulated river sediments. Their area under vines is apportioned between 65% Grüner Veltliner and 30% Riesling, with the remaining 5% shared by Weissburgunder and Roter Veltliner – all vinified according to the three quality categories of the Vinea Wachau: Steinfeder, Federspiel and Smaragd.