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The 2017 vintage

While worldwide 2017 saw the lowest level of wine production in years, Austria was able to record a harvest that was very good in terms of quality and also blessed by abundant volume. The yield of 2.6 million hl (according to October’s third harvest estimate) amounted to a quarter above the five-year average, which will go a long way to filling cellars that in many places have been rather empty. True, there were late frosts in 2017 as well as hailstorms, but both caused substantially less damage than in the previous year. Only the Weinviertel experienced a more modest harvest compared with the average, due to extremely arid conditions in one of the hottest summers in a long time.

Weingut PMC Münzenrieder receives the IWC Sweet Winemaker of the Year 2017 award

Austrian wine-growing estate sweeps the board at the Oscar of the Wine Trade in London

Tremendous success for the siblings Peter and Christoph Münzenrieder, co-owner of the Weingut PMC Münzenrieder in Burgenland, Austria: at the International Wine Challenge (IWC), the world’s most prestigious wine competition, the Sweet Winemaker of the Year 2017 was awarded to the sibling-duo from Apetlon. 

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2016 vintage: great wines and small yields

Good things come in small packages! Winemaking is a never-ending learning process that never fails to keep the suspense alive. Take, for example, last year’s unusually fickle weather that swept across the vineyards from Lake Neusiedl all the way to Southern Burgenland. The 2016 vintage was a source of much trepidation for Burgenland’s winemakers, who had to put in a great deal of work and were ultimately rewarded with only small yields. Still, the harvest season in late summer went quite smoothly thanks to perfectly ripe and healthy grapes, resulting in fruity red wines full of complexity and structure.

 

 

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