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Wine etiquette – Serving wine at home

Wine etiquette – Serving wine at home

Today’s blog will be on wine etiquette. This will be a series of serving wine in different occasions.  I will start with serving wine at home. There are various questions I had in mind and I am pretty sure you do have some, which I would recommend you to ask to go through it together.

  • Use the right wine glass
  • The right temperature
  • Serve lighter wines before food, normally a sparkling wine
  • Don’t fill up the glass, at least a ¼ or 1/8
  1. You have friends visiting, sitting on the table, who will you serve first? (serving order)
    1. You start with the ladies, and if you have a VIP lady guest, better start with her 😉 then to the next guests.
  2. When your glass is empty, and want to add more, how do you go about this?
    1. First, ask if there is anyone else who wants a fill up. Thereafter, go ahead and pour yourself some.
  3. What happens when one of your quest or more bring a bottle of wine. Should you open it or keep it for a future event?
    1. Well, this depends on you. If it is a wine that fits perfectly to the occasion, then no worries just go ahead and open it. Not to forget to thank the person who brought it.

Are there any other questions in your mind? Shoot them. Hope you enjoyed reading. Happy new year once again!!!

New year wine resolutions

New year wine resolutions

It’s been a while since I wrote something here. Well, you all know what December brings with it. Anyway, here we go.

By now you already have made your resolutions for this year. In this article, I will be going through some resolutions involving wine…yeah, you read it right. New year wine resolutions.

My wine resolution is to learn as much as I can about white wine, and probably take a course in wine tasting. So, what are the things one can do this year? Let us go through some.

  1. Wine etiquette
  2. Wine tasting
  3. Different types of wines and their regions and many many more

I will be going through a series of wine etiquette in different occasions, don’t forget to subscribe to get the latest updates. To see what we have been drinking the last couple of weeks, click here. To go to the blogs, click here.

The first in the series is here: Serving wine at home

Erste Lage wine classification

Erste Lage wine classification

Last week, a customer asked for the Grüner Veltliner Erste lage. This was the first time that I’ve heard of this term, and despite having it explained to me by my friends in the wine business, it still remained a puzzle waiting to be assembled. I was able to gather more information and thought it a good idea to share it with my readers. It will probably come in handy in the future.

Example of the logo on Leth's wine

Example of the logo on Leth’s wine


It started with an association which was founded in 1992 by 23 members. The association of traditional vineyards of Austria’s goal was to achieve a vineyard classification in the Danube region. This was a process, since only good wines come from good vineyards. They had to monitor their wines for 20 years, before they could start with the classification process.


In 2010 the 23 members of this association combined their 52 vineyards which are located in Kremstal, Kamptal, Wagram, and Traisental, and therefore the first vintage to carry this label, which can only be used by members of this association. In 2012, there were already 62 vineyard sites that carried the label already.


Only Grüner Veltliner and Riesling wines are allowed to carry the Erste Lage symbol.

It is believed that the members will look into recruiting other growers from this region to participate in the classification process. This means that the classification process can also be viewed as a ‘work in process’ which could go on for years if not decades.


The regions

The region

Here are the members of the association and here the vineyards. 

Where to drink Grüner Veltliner in WAGRAM Austria

Where to drink Grüner Veltliner in WAGRAM Austria

GV is mostly a dry wine, with acidity levels of about 6g/l. Body wise, it is a light wine and colour ranges from gold yellow to old yellow. It has a distinct fruit aroma with a clean nose which is natural. About 75% of Grüner Veltliner grows in Austria. Good Veltliner has an alcohol percent of 12.5%, so this is something to look into as well when looking for places to enjoy this wonderful wine. 

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This guide from Winefolly, will show you the basics of the major white wine styles.


Where do GV grow?


The common places to find Grüner Veltliner growing is in lower Austria and in Burgenland.

However, in Vienna, they normally grow in the 19th district (Grinzing), and this is also considered a touristic place where there are a number of Heurigen. It is an area easily accessible by public transport, either by bus or a tram; alternatively, one can take a tourist bus for the same.

I will focus with lower Austria in this post, and come back to you when I have visited the other areas. Mutual places in Lower Austria to find Grüner Veltliner, include, Kremstal, Wagram, Strassertal, Wachau and Kremstal.


Where to find Grüner Veltliner in Wagram area

I will only list wineries that I have visited personally or tried out their wine.


  • Weingut Hofstetter – The winery of the wine-growing family HOFSTETTER is located in the (Lower Austrian wine-growing region) of Fels am Wagram. It is one of the fastest emerging companies in the Wagram wine region and is famous for its excellent wines for several years now. The vineyards of the winery HOFSTETTER prosper at the most southern slopes of Wagram. Its special soil, loess, mainly gives the Red and Green Veltliner (which are not in any way related to each other) a very special note: mineral taste, full-bodied and drinkable.
  • Weingut Ott – Located in Feuersbrunn, Weingut Bernhard Ott is a family owned company since 1889. Bernhard is the fourth generation of the Ott family and has been leading the winery since 1995. Bernhard Ott concentrates on the most important grape on the Wagram – the Grüner Veltliner
  • Weingut Blauensteiner – The winery is located in the wine village Gösing, which is embedded in a basin amidst the Wagram. The charm of the small wine village with a fantastic view of the Tullnerfeld and of the wide-spread vineyards invites you to linger and enjoy the moment.
  • Weingut Öhlzelt – Our tavern with local cold dishes and our great assortement of quality wines is embedded in the Feuersbrunner vineyards. You can have a look in our traditionell wine cellar and taste wines in our vinothek and tavern.

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  • Weingut Leth – Located in Fels am Wagram. Our family is now the third generation to focus on wine-growing. The Leth winery, one of the leading wineries in the Wagram region is located in Fels. 40 hectares are run by family Leth, directly on the terraces of the Wagram hillside. The deep loess soils are excellently suited for Grüner Veltliner, half of the area under vine is planted with this variety.
  • Kolkmann – The 36 hectare vineyards of the Kolkmann Winery lie on the best rieds of the WAGRAM, which is reflected in the characteristic and regionally typical wines the family produces. Grüner Veltliner and Zweigelt, vinificated in different styles, are the most important varietals.
  • Sauerstingl – Franz Sauerstingl has taken over the reigns of the family winery in 2002. As a graduate of the Viniculture College in Klosterneuburg he currently vinifiers grapes from some twelve hectars. Grüner Veltliner is by far and away his predomoiniant variety.
  • Bründy – Located in Feuersbrunn. For generations the Bründlmayer family has been planting and vinifying wine at the famous Hengstberg hill of Feuersbrunn in the wine growing region called Wagram.

Next I will be going to Kamptal and will also list the wineries in this area. Subscribe, so that you don’t miss reading on this.

Sources: Austrian wine Marketing

Wine tasting in Wagram?

Wine tasting in Wagram?

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