The most important white varieties
Early-ripening, regular crop, harmonious wines, fresh, with delicate Muscat-fruity aroma, sometimes with grapefruit and peach tones, lower acid content. Suitable with light meals, soft cheeses.
Veltlínské zelené (Grüner Veltliner)
Traditional in the Velké Pavlovice, Znojmo and Mikulov areas. Not only wine for everyday consumption, but also distinctive varietal wines with lime-flower aroma when grown on clay soils or with a peppery touch if coming from loess. Suitable for the production of sparkling wines. Suitable for drinking alone or to accompany white meats, starters and hard cheeses.
Ryzlink vlašský (Welschriesling)
Traditional in the Mikulov area, proven successful with regular cropping and good frost tolerance. Higher acidity in early stages, gradually growing milder with age. Young wines characterised by fruity tones of currant or gooseberry, later acquiring the pleasant aroma of meadow flowers. Suitable for the production of sparkling wines. Served with starters, fish meals.
Ryzlink rýnský (Rhein Riesling)
Widespread in all sub-regions thanks to its frost tolerance and superb quality predicate wines. Sometimes has a higher level of acidity. Fine, delicate scent of lime-flower, mature aromas resembling apricot, peach or pineapple. Served with starters, white meat and fine fish dishes.
Rulandské bílé (Pinot Blanc)
Wine grapes coming from limey soils show the best quality and fullness. Widespread in all sub-regions. Full-bodied wine with a mineral character and flowery aroma, which matures into the scent of pear and bread crust. Suitable with dark and spicy meat, feathered game.
Very popular with some wine lovers for its distinct grassiness in young wines, with nettle and green pepper scent. Grapes grown in warm locations take on blackcurrant, gooseberry, mixed lemon and kiwi aromas during ripening. Good with asparagus, fish and seafood.
Requires limey soils and an excellent location to allow grapes to mature into predicate wine quality. Cooler climates give the wine a green apple aroma with an acacia touch. Mature wines taste of honey and hazelnuts, those from warmer climates with mango, cream, banana, pineapple and canary melon. Served with white meat and fish.
Rulandské šedé (Pinot Gris)
The first of all the Burgundian varieties to ripen and has a high sugar content. Produces full wines with sweet honey and a soft orange zest touch. Higher alcohol levels and a long finish. Suitable with rich meat-and-sauce dishes and desserts.