Although its cultivation area declined for many years after 1999, Grüner Veltliner is still Austria's most important grape variety. It occupies almost half of the country's vineyard area, with the lion's share distributed among the Lower Austrian wine-growing regions north and east of Wien, and the area steadily decreasing towards the west and especially the south. Finally, in Styria there is none at all, while the neighbouring countries of Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary also have quite significant areas of Veltliner.
ÖWM / Gerhard Trumler
The variety has nothing to do with the rest of the Veltliner family (only the rare Grauer Veltliner is a mutation). Its parents are Gewürztraminer and St. Georgen, which was only rediscovered in 2000 and named after the place of its discovery.