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Austria 2019: A top vintage

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The latest figures show: Austria's wine industry can be more than satisfied with 2019. The export value climbed above the 180 million mark for the first time and the excellent 2019 vintage offers reason for hope in difficult times.

The legend of the ‘Niner’ lives on!

The lucky number for the world of Austrian wine seems to be the 9, since when the year ends with this numeral – like 1999 and 2009 (‘the Niners’) – the vintage often turns out to be particularly fine. This legendary series continues in 2019: despite heat and drought, the white wines are vivaciously fresh and the reds show excellent depth. And at 2.3 million hectolitres production, 2019 is in line with the long-term average in terms of volume.

Invigorating freshness coupled with a radiantly clear expression of fruit are characteristic for all of the white wine varieties, accompanied as well by structural acidity that is rather striking for such a warm year. The Austrian reds are thus far consistently deep in colour, extremely concentrated and rich in extract, although acidity and tannins also appear to check out at an impressive level. In the current very challenging situation for Austria’s winegrowers and their partners all over the world, the excellent 2019 vintage thus offers reason to hope for a rapid recovery after the crisis.

Austrian Wine The Niner

Credit: AWMB/Philipp Forster

A new wave of tastings

Austrian Wine adapted rapidly its international projects to the current situation and launched the very first Virtual Austrian Wine Round Table around the globe with local and international key opinion leaders. The first session aired on Thursday, 16th April 2020. Five experts of the British wine scene tasted and discussed six Austrian wines in an exciting online session. You can find it here in case you missed it.

Austrian Wine virtual tour

Credit: AWMB/Anna Stöcher


General information about Austrian Wine

7 Elements of Excitement
Export graphic 1985-2019 (PDF)
List of most important export countries 2000-2019 (PDF)
DAC Regions
Austrian Grape Varieties
Austrian Wine Law
Winery Search

Austria’s vintages

Vintages 1992-2019
Press information: Vintage 2019: the legend of the “niner” lives on
Press information: Vintage 2018: Taking the Heat
Press information: Vintage 2017: Convincing Across the Board
Press information: Austria’s 2016 Vintage: Ugly Weather, Lovely Wines


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