Stift Klosterneuburg Gruner Veltliner Brut
Green Apple, Lemongrass, Lime Zest, Apple Blossom, Starfruit
The Abbey of Klosterneuberg, located just outside Vienna, has played an important role in Austrian history and culture for almost one thousand years. Founded by Leopold III, later canonized as Saint Leopold of Austria, the abbey maintains an active monastic order as well as cellars for producing high-end brandy, cider, and wine. In keeping with the monks’ respect for nature, sustainability is at the core of all their winemaking endeavors. Today, Stift Klosterneuberg produces a range of wines using native varieties. Their sparkling wines in particular have attracted attention on the international market.
Winemaking is conducted in a carbon-neutral manner, with fruit sourced from partner wineries in the surrounding villages. Unlike many Austrian sparkling wines, winemaker Wolfgang Hamm chooses to utilize the “traditional method,” creating a fuller-bodied, aromatically complex example of the category. On the palate, classic notes of Grüner Veltliner are on display, with notes of green apple, lemongrass, and white pepper, along with toasted brioche notes from its secondary fermentation. This is a wonderful sparkling wine on its own, served as an aperitif, although it pairs well with tuna poke or Niçoise salad as well!