Important ampelographic features
large, three to five lobes; main leaf vein is red
small to medium, very densely berried, cylindrical; berries are yellowish-green in colour, thick-skinned, spotted and meaty
There are two reasons for this variety seeing a significant decrease in area under vine. Firstly, while Neuburger delivers excellent wine quality, it still cannot really compete with Grüner Veltliner. Secondly, it can be weakened easily by disease, particularly the grapevine fanleaf virus, which threatens survival of the vines. Fortunately, however, vines of this variety have very strong shoot growth and are able to tolerate dry, meagre soils. Deep, fertile soils are a common cause of coulure. This variety is also highly sensitive to late frosts and winter frosts, and is somewhat susceptible to oidium and Peronospora. It is very susceptible to botrytis due to the compact grape cluster.
Area under vine in Austria
(as a proportion of the variety’s total area)
Source varietal specifications: Höhere Bundeslehranstalt und Bundesamt für Wein- und Obstbau (Federal College and Federal Office for Viticulture, Oenology and Fruit Growing) in Klosterneuburg, “Austria’s Qualitätswein grape varieties and their clones“ („Österreichische Qualitätsweinrebsorten und deren Klone“), 2nd, reviewed edition, September 2015
Source area under vine: Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism according to IACS (as at 31 May 2022)