Zöldveltelini is better known by its German name: Grüner Veltliner. Zold (just as Grüner), means green. It is a well-known variety in neighboring Austria, but in Hungary its potential hasn’t really been explored yet. It is still rare to find a high quality Hungarian wine produced with this grape. That is why we are so excited about this Zöldveltelini from the Hernyák family! The grapes come from the winery’s adjacent vineyard, a small plot located in the heart of the beautiful Öreghegy (“old hill”) in Etyek. The grapes 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 image on the label. Hernyák’s Zöldveltelini has a richer body and a milder acidity when compared to the classic Austrian style of Grüner Veltliner. This is a versatile food wine that can create a perfect pairing with a range of creamy pasta dishes, shellfish, and rich poultry dishes.