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 –  Relaxations in COVID-19 restrictions internationally led to a sharp rise in Austrian wine exports. From January to June, the total value of exports climbed to over €111 million – up by more than a quarter compared to the same period in the previous year. The reopening of the on-trade and substantial growth in all key export markets were the leading factors in this. Read more

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 –  Average wine volume of 2.4 million hectolitres expected – “After the economically turbulent years of the COVID-19 pandemic, Austria’s winemakers are looking forward to this year’s vintage. In terms of volume, an average harvest of around 2.4 million hectolitres is expected, similar to last year. Because of weather conditions, the harvest will take place slightly later than in recent years,” explained Johannes Schmuckenschlager, President of Austria’s Winegrowers Association. Read more

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 –  Austria’s winegrowers produce wines of the highest quality. This has been demonstrated in recent months by their success in major international competitions and tastings with leading wine critics. The results: gold medals, trophy wins and even 100 Parker points. Read more

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 –  The origins of Austrian wine, including single vineyards (Rieden), can now be seen at a glance. Following three years of groundwork, the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (Austrian Wine) launched a digital atlas of wine origins at austrianvineyards.com on 17 June. This is also the world’s first digital wine atlas covering an entire wine-producing country. Read more

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 –  Traditionally, wine holds a position of high importance in the Austrian hospitality industry. In 2019, more than half of all wine bought in the domestic market was sold through restaurants, bars, inns, wine taverns (Heurigen and Buschenschanken) and at wine festivals. Due to the tough measures implemented to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, this sales channel has almost completely collapsed. As the hospitality industry is a key part of Austrian culture, and also a key partner of the Austrian wine industry, the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (Austrian Wine) has started an extensive campaign to support this sector once the lockdown has been lifted. Read more

 –  Over the past few weeks, the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (Austrian Wine) has increased the sales of Austrian wine in the USA and UK thanks to its biggest retail campaign there in years. More than 150 wine retailers advertised their wares with the slogan “It‘s Austrian Wine Time” and enjoyed a significant boost in sales. The best advertising concepts were awarded by Austrian Wine. Read more

A picture shows the training document "Austrian Wine in Depth", many small bottles, a wine glass and a laptop on a table at the Austrian Tasting UK - The Stay-at-home Edition.
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 –  On 12 April, despite the lockdown, the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (Austrian Wine) brought 170 wine experts in the United Kingdom together with 50 Austrian winemakers. The “Austrian Tasting – The Stay-at-home Edition” gave experts the chance to taste dozens of wines in the comfort of their own home, while also talking to the winemakers online. The event marked the première of the 2020 vintage in the UK. Read more

A picture shows a drawing of a winners podium with Austrian wine on the first place.
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 –  The new year seems to be following in the same tracks as 2020, which is, at least, positive news for Austria’s excellent wines. Again this year, they are reaping one success after another around the world. Read more

 –  Against all expectations, Austria’s wine exports increased again in 2020: volume rose to 67.4 million litres (+6.3%) while revenue reached a new high of 187.3 million euros (+2.4%). Alongside the main export market of Germany, the other key markets of Switzerland and the Netherlands also showed upward trends. While the USA and Asia declined, the monopoly markets of Scandinavia and Canada showed particularly strong growth. Read more

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 –  Nearly a year after the first coronavirus lockdown, the 2020 wine sales figures for Austria’s domestic market are now available. The on-trade was particularly hard hit, as was to be expected. The hospitality industry’s purchases of Austrian wine through wholesalers dropped by a third. Austrian wine did see increases in consumption at home (+17% in volume, +18% in value) and purchases from multiple grocers (+16% in volume, +17% in value), where it also achieved a record share of revenue (75%). However, these increases were not enough to recoup the loss of sales from the on-trade. Read more

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