The Vintages 1989 - 1980
Early budding, delayed flowering and a rather rainy summer was followed by a cool, early autumn and finally a magnificent Indian summer. The weather was full of contrasts. Despite a generally mediocre primary ripening there were piquant and healthy wines and quite remarkable Prädikat wines.
A mild winter, a dry hot summer with heavy rainfall towards the end, as well as a dry, warm autumn permitted many winegrowers to bring in a generous and fine grape harvest. There were also many Prädikat wines.
Severe winter frost damage early on decimated the expected harvest yield. In the first half of the vegetative period the weather was not optimal. But a warm, wet July and a fine autumn helped produce a good and fruity vintage with pronounced acidity. The volume was low.
An outstanding vintage with optimal acidity, marked varietal bouquet and high extract levels. One of the greatest red-wine vintages; there was also great Eiswein. The volume remained below average.
This was the smallest harvest for decades as a result of many factors: winter frost, poor blossoming and regional hail. Nevertheless, the wines were full-bodied, fruity and of pronounced varietal character.
Following a number of good vintage years the vineyards were exhausted. The vegetative period got underway late and slowly. This was followed by a cool and dry summer. Both in terms of quantity and quality, the vintage was barely average.
Vegetative progress was affected by a mild winter, early budding and a hot, dry summer. The wines were very full-bodied, rather mild, but still fruity with a pronounced bouquet. This was a year with many, great Prädikat wines, but fruit acids were often lacking.
With 490 million litres of wine this year saw the biggest volume in Austria’s history. There were no great wines, but some perfectly drinkable ones.
There was severe winter frost damage resulting from poor vine maturity and very low temperatures. A cold weather front moving in at Easter froze the young shoots in some areas. Thus harvest volume was low even though most grapes attained excellent maturity. There were fine red and Prädikat wines, but because of the low acidity, white wines were often only mediocre.
Unfavourable weather conditions in the spring caused late budding and severely retarded flowering. This was not a good vintage year, resulting for the most part in wines of only modest quality. But an early frost permitted production of Eiswein. After relatively long ageing, some wines were of surprisingly high quality thanks to the excellent acidity structure.