Production regulations have been changed to diminish the production of old vineyards, and the BoD has reduced by 10% the maximum production of grapes/hectare for the 2017 grape harvest
Imagine the vegetation cycle and vintage as a roller coaster ride: this is precisely the memory that Austrian winegrowers and friends of Austrian wine will retain of 2016. But all said and done, there is good to magnificent quality in white, red & sweet wines – in some cases with severely limited quantities.
Proceeds from Austria’s wine exports climbed in the year 2016 to a new record level of nearly 148 million Euros, despite a series of small harvests since 2011. This came about thanks to a considerable sales increase in upper-echelon bottled wines: a volume of 1.8 million litres, which translates into revenue growth of 5.2 million Euros for this segment. The median price of all exports climbed to an impressive 3.05 Euros per litre.
The smallest Prosecco Consortium is punching above its weight: experiments on native yeasts, promotion of autochthonous varieties and wine tourism. The recently released institutional bottle, available for tasting at Prowein 15 C51, is the symbol of this steady growth.
VINEXPO has launched a new brand concept, Vinexpo Explorer, the first chapter of which will take place in Austria.