A new export record, thanks to the 2018 vintage
All-time high in export sales
As the latest figures from Statistik Austria demonstrate, the abundant volume of the 2018 vintage fired up Austria’s exports appreciably in calendar year 2019: an increase of 9% means a new record value of 185.4 million euros, while volume rose by 20.5% to 63.6 million litres as well. The harvest volume in 2018 was around 15% higher than the fifteen-year average; as a result of the concomitant greater availability in the entry-level price segment – sold primarily in price-sensitive markets such as Germany – the average price per litre diminished to 2.92 € compared with 3.22 € for 2018.
Growth in almost all export markets
In addition to the most important export countries Germany (+3.9%), Switzerland (+0.9%) and the USA (+14.8%), the Netherlands (+32.5%) and Scandinavia (with the exception of Norway) also showed development in sales, ranging from positive to very positive. While the average price of Austrian wine came under pressure in Germany, it was able to record advances in many EU-member and non-member nations.
In the Far East, the hopeful Chinese market showed very positive and promising development in sales (+86.8%), while Japan also presented good growth (+12.6%), after a couple of stagnant years.
Both white wine & red wine contribute to growth
Sales growth was driven foremost by Austrian white wine. In terms of value, bottled red wine developed in a remarkably positive fashion, which attests to growing international recognition for the unique stylings of Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt & Co. Austrian sparkling wine, on the other hand, suffered setbacks – exceptions being Norway or the United Kingdom (which enjoyed strong growth in imports of Sekt). Lightly sparkling Perlwein also experienced a double-digit rate of increase.
Chris Yorke, Managing Director of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB), summarises: ‘The 2018 vintage gave Austria’s winegrowers the opportunity to serve new markets and open new market segments. We are, of course, extremely pleased that this has been achieved and that the level of value in quality-oriented markets has been increased’.
From 64 export countries to 102 in ten years
The current increase in the number of export destinations is also very encouraging: while Austria's winegrowers exported their wine to 64 countries in 2009, the figure has grown to 102 nations in 2019. Chris Yorke comments, with satisfaction: ‘For many years the AWMB’s export strategy has been based on placing Austrian wine in a great number of international markets. This enables us to absorb fluctuations in any individual markets more effectively, and to ensure sustainable export growth overall’.
- 2018 harvest volume: 2.75 million hectolitres (+15% above 15-year average)
- Export value 2019: € 185.4 million (+9% over 2018);
- record value
- 2019 export volume: 63.6 million litres (+20.5% over 2018)
- Average price 2019: € 2.92 (-0.30 € compared to 2018: greater availability in the entry-level price segment, sold primarily to the German market)
- Export 2019: 102 countries (2009: 64 countries)
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