Final results of the 2018 wine harvest: 2.75 million hl

According to the final data of the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Austria produced 2.75 million hectolitres of wine in 2018. The harvest volume was almost 11% greater than in the previous year and 24% above the average of the past five years. The 2018 vintage will be remembered not only because of the earliest harvest of all time, but also because of the satisfying volume and pleasing quality it yielded.

A picture shows a vineyard after the harvest, © AWMB/Marcus Wiesner.
© AWMB/Marcus Wiesner

Contrary to the statistically projected harvest estimates, which are taken every year in late summer and autumn from volunteers, the final volume of wine grapes harvested in 2018 was lower than expected. The actual volume of 2.75 million hectolitres was calculated from the sum of all harvest reports recorded by the Federal Wine Control Board and published by the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism.

Harvest results in detail

The increase in volume of some 270,000 hl (+10.8%) compared with 2017 results from higher yields in the largest winegrowing federal state Niederösterreich (+15%), as well as from increases in Burgenland (+7%) and Wien (Vienna) (+10%). In the Steiermark, heavy rains that fell during blossoming and the extent of selection made necessary by the rainfall at the beginning of September resulted in a 6% smaller harvest compared with 2017. A detailed analysis and itemisation of harvest yields by specified winegrowing regions, quality grades and white wines vis-à-vis red wines will be provided by Statistik Austria, traditionally issued on 1 March.

Good prospects for wine sales

The bountiful volume of fully ripened grape material provided ideal beginnings for the 2018 vintage, for it to continue the positive developments of both domestic and foreign sales. Outstanding quality was especially achieved by those estates that were capable of handling the hot summer well. An increase from 159 million € to more than 170 million € in exports, with pursuit of the quality strategy remaining consistent, is within reach. Good conditions prevail in the domestic retail trade in foodstuffs, to maintain and expand the gains in revenue (+5.0%) and sales volume (+6.9%) of domestic versus foreign wine achieved in 2018.

Facts

Total harvest volume, 2018: 2.75 Million hectolitres (+10.8% compared to 2017)

Niederösterreich: 1.69 Million hl (+15%)

Burgenland: 785,000 hl (+7%)

Steiermark: 241,000 hl (-6%)

Wien: 29,000 hl (+10%)

 

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Harvest Report of the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism

Press release

Austrian Wine Marketing Board

Ms. Sabine Bauer-Wolf
Weinakademikerin
Division Manager Communication

Mr. Georg Schullian
Head of Department Press, PR & Corporate Design

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