Zöldveltelini is the Hungarian name of Grüner Veltliner, which the neighboring Austrians are masterful with. (Both Zöld and Grüner translate as green.) However, in Hungary the potential of this wine hasn’t really been explored yet, and it is still rare to find a high-quality Hungarian Zöldveltelini. That is why we are so excited about this Hernyák Zöldveltelini! The Hernyák family has about 17 acres of vineyards, which they have been farming entirely organically since 2015. The grapes for this wine come from the vineyard which is adjacent to the winery, a small plot located in the heart of Etyek’s beautiful Öreghegy (“old hill”). This is where the Hernyák family settled 25 years ago when they left Yugoslavia to start a new life in Hungary, steadily building their gorgeous estate by hand. The grapes for this wine were hand-harvested in late-autumn and, after one night of settling, the juice was transferred to second- and third-use oak barrels where the wine fermented and aged for five months before bottling. Zöldveltelini is Tomi Hernyák’s favorite grape—which is why his other favorite thing (his dog Bizsu) was selected as the label’s image. Hernyák’s Zöldveltelini has a richer body and a milder acidity in comparison to the classic Austrian style of Grüner Veltliner. This is a versatile food wine, which can be a perfect pairing with a range of creamy pasta dishes, shellfish, rich poultry dishes, or fried foods.