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<p>A picture shows (left to right): Josef Glatt (Director, Austrian Winegrowers’ Association), Johannes Schmuckenschlager (President, Austrian Winegrowers’ Association) and Chris Yorke (CEO, Austrian Wine) at the press conference on the 2023 wine harvest</p>

 –  Although conditions were somewhat turbulent at times, the course of the year to date has fuelled high expectations for this year’s vintage. According to estimates, the harvest volume is expected to be around 2.3 million hectolitres. The course is set for another successful year for Austrian wine. Alongside a good quality of wine, this success can also be explained by the positive export trends and the affinity that Austrians have with their country’s wines. Read more

A picture shows the Traisental.

 –  The recently adopted Wine Law Collective Decree has established the legal basis for the official classification of Austria’s single vineyards. The Ordinance defines two tiers: “Erste Lage” (premier cru) and “Große Lage” (grand cru). Classification is carried out according to a strict list of criteria. The first vineyard classifications can be expected in 2025, at the earliest. Read more

A picture shows a person using the austrianvineyards.com online tool.

 –  Learn about Austria’s wines on austrianvineyards.com: this online tool – the only one of its kind in the world – shows where a wine comes from, as well as the factors that influence its flavour. Since Steiermark (Styria) has legally defined its Rieds (single vineyards), the number of Rieds represented on the site has risen to almost 5,000. Read more

Ried Mandel-Höh with Urbanuskapelle, Gumpoldskirchen, in the wine-growing region Thermenregion

 –  Regionally typical wines from the Thermenregion are now protected with a DAC, making this the final wine-growing region to join the system. The native white wine varieties Rotgipfler and Zierfandler take centre stage here, alongside the Burgundian grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, St. Laurent and Pinot Noir). The DAC wines will be classified into three different tiers – Gebietswein (regional wine), Ortswein (“villages” wine) and Riedenwein (single-vineyard wine) – and make their debut with the 2023 vintage. Read more

A picture shows wine bottles with the Austrian Banderole.

 –  Austrian wines are enjoying continued success in international markets. In 2022, exports reached a new record level of 231 million euros. White wines and Sekt saw the greatest growth in value. Austrian wine was in particularly high demand in Canada, the USA and Northern Europe. Read more

 –  The unusual weather conditions during the 2022 growing season certainly put Austrian winemakers through their paces. Initially, it seemed that it would be a very dry year, were it not for the occasional showers of rain – which not always came at the best of times. However, the great dedication and hard work of Austria’s winemakers were recompensed with ripe, well-balanced white wines with a fine display of fruit. The red wines are outstanding, showing power, structure and velvety tannins. Read more

A picture shows stands at the ProWein.

 –  From 19 to 21 March, 229 Austrian winemakers will be presenting more than 3,000 wines at ProWein in Düsseldorf. The most extensive exhibition of Austrian wines in 2023 will also be presenting the first wines of 2022, as well as the outstanding 2021 vintage. Fourteen masterclasses and 6 themed tastings hosted by the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (Austrian Wine) will give enthusiasts an even more in-depth insight into the Austrian wine industry. Read more

A picture shows guests at the VieVinum 2022.

 –  After two years marked by the huge impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, 2022 could almost be considered a normal year again. One particularly pleasing aspect was the return of the major wine fairs, which also became the key focus of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board’s annual programme of events. However, the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (Austrian Wine) also put a host of other initiatives into place to promote the sale of the country’s wines and drive added value for Austrian winegrowers. Exports in 2022 could even beat the record year of 2021! Read more

A picture shows Blaufränkisch at a tasting

 –  How should we rate the red wine variety Blaufränkisch that grows in Central Europe? Is it a great grape variety on the same level as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo, for example? “Yes!” confirmed an international summit held in mid-December 2022 in Lech am Arlberg, Austria. Read more

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