By far the most important white grape variety in Austria is the Grüner Veltliner, which originates from a Traminer intersection. The second parent is a century-old vine, which was found in St. Georgen in Burgenland.
Grüner Veltliner provides all grades of quality, from light, acidified wine to highly ripe Prädikatswein. The location and yield is very crucial to the quality. Desirable are spicy, peppery wines or fruit notes of stone fruit.
Qualtiy diet has increased massively due to the quest for quality and climate change in recent decades.