2019 Emmerich Knoll Gruner Veltliner Kreutles Smaragd

Wachau, Austria

Worth it for the stunning baroque label alone, the Knoll family bottle is living history in Austria's stunning Wachau. Glorious single vineyard Gruner Veltliner with yellow plum, spiced biscuit dough and lovely silky texture.




About The Wine

The Wachau region is more than just postcard beauty. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage area, it embodies a living culture with its farming of steep terraced vineyards above castles, monasteries, baroque churches and farmhouses.

Emmerich Knoll III makes silky, herbal Gruner Veltliner grown on the local loess soils of the Kreutles single vineyard.

Glorious with its creamy texture of yellow plum and spiced biscuit dough, let it warm up a little to really show you everything it’s got.

About Emmerich Knoll

The Knoll family have been winegrowers in the Wachau village of Unterloiben for multiple generations. Whilst they specialise in Riesling and Gruner Veltliner from the Wachau’s best sites, they’re also faithful to the region’s other grapes; Muscat, Traminer, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Instantly notable for the powerful baroque image on their long slender bottles, the old bloke with a slightly stern Father Christmas look about him, turns out to be Saint Urban – the patron saint of winegrowers.

First gracing the Knoll family labels in 1962, it perfectly symbolises the Knoll contrasts - the best of traditional wine growing with the forward-thinking outlook of son Emmi (Emmerich Junior).

Unterloiben, home base for the Knolls.
Unterloiben, home base for the Knolls.
Wachau, Austria
Additional Info

From the Producer

Gruner Veltliner from the east facing Kreutles single vineyard at the foot of the Loibenberg mountain.

Located at 240m altitude on classic sandy loess and gneiss soils of the region, with average vine age of 25 years.

Hand harvested and whole bunch pressed, the wine is aged in old, wooden casks and kept on the lees for a minimum of nine months, with no bâtonnage. Kreutles has all the herbal, spicy notes typical of Grüner Veltliner without being too opulent.

Blend : Gruner Veltliner
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Emmerich Knoll overlooking his vineyards on the Danube.
Emmerich Knoll overlooking his vineyards on the Danube.
Wachau, Austria
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews


"A concentrated, medium-to full-bodied gruner with cool reine-claude plums, mini bananas and a ton of herbs and spices. Superb balance and a long, complex finish. Drink or hold." - Stuart Piggott (


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