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Mysterious, capricious, neglected for decades: Roter Veltliner is a rare, old-Austrian speciality that has been on the upswing again for a few years. It had almost disappeared in Austria for a long time - but the trend towards autochthonous varieties has aroused new interest among winemakers. Daniela Dejnega describes the current development, Marcus Hofschuster has tasted the wines.

The name of the Roter Veltliner suggests otherwise. But we are dealing with a white wine variety that is not related to Grüner Veltliner. The fact that the berry skins turn bright red when the grapes are fully ripe is one of the special characteristics of the variety. Roter Veltliner is considered the oldest autochthonous grape variety in Austria.