You might want to sip, then swirl our Geo Quiz in your mouth a bit. We're looking for the country where GrÃ¼ner Veltliner wine comes from. The grapes grow throughout this landlocked European country that borders Slovakia and Lichtenstein. Its temperate and alpine climate creates a distinctive dry and tangy flavor.
"A peppery, a spicy element which is unique to the grape, and the other flavor characteristics could range from citrus to green apple to riper apple and pear flavors. That's basically what GrÃ¼ner Veltliner is about."
Well, despite its fine taste someone tried to chop down the oldest surviving GrÃ¼ner grapevine in the world. Where was this vine vandalism committed?
The answer is Austria. A 500-year old GrÃ¼ner grapevine of this variety (the mother of all GrÃ¼ner grapes) may survive despite the recent attack by someone who hacked it to pieces. Anchor Marco Werman gets details from Austrian wine expert Andreas Windhoff.