WINE FROM AUSTRIA: MORE RECORD EXPORTS, DOMESTIC PREDOMINANCE

The year 2018 once more set a record for exports of Austrian wine, with 170.3 million Euros around the world, 6.9% more than the previous year. In addition, the bountiful 2017 vintage helped to exceed the fifty-million-litre mark in exports for the first time since 2010. Austrian wine was also extremely successful on the home front: the retail grocery trade recorded an increase in sales of 6.9% in 2018, and in terms of value, the market share of Austrian wine in this sector rose to more than 70%.

The 2018 vintage: abundant ripeness and an early harvest

‘For the most part, Austria’s grapevines were able to withstand the enormous heat and lack of moisture that characterised the 2018 vegetation cycle. So we have a very early and very ripe vintage on our hands, one in which persistently high temperatures have led to consistently higher levels of alcohol and lower levels of acidity. Volume will in any event be just above average: we are looking forward to a harvest in the magnitude of some 2.6 million hectolitres’, declared Viticultural Association president Johannes Schmuckenschlager, in reference to the 2018 vintage, which will now reach its climax with one of the earliest harvests in decades.

Sweet wine maker of the year 2018

The IWC Sweet Winemaker of the Year 2018 award has gone to Helmut Lang from Weingut Helmut Lang, the first time that Helmut Lang has won the Sweet Winemaker of the Year award. This Austrian vineyard was awarded one Trophy, two Golds, eight Silver and five Bronze Medals.

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