In Oostenrijk is de wijnoogst nog nooit zo vroeg binnengehaald als dit jaar. De oogst is ook groot genoeg om de tegenvallers van vorig jaar goed te maken. Naar verwachting wordt er 3.2 miljoen hectoliter geoogst. Behalve goed weer hielp daaraan ook dat de opbrengst per hectare dit jaar ruimer mocht zijn om de wijnboeren compensatie te bieden voor de klimaatschade van 2017. Winemarketing Austria meldt:
‘More moderate harvests were recorded in places, notably Niederösterreich where there was a drought and Südsteiermark where there was (conversely) an occasional excess of rain.
In general, a cold February and March led to a later than usual budding, which allowed the majority to escape late frosts.
The rest of the spring however was the second warmest since 1767, which caused the vegetative cycle to catch up considerably so that flowering was done by the end of May.
June was warm with some rainfall while July continued the hot streak and with a mix of either drought or indeed heavy rains in places.
Harvesting began in some areas in August and was helped along by the onset of some cooler weather although also with some rather less welcome localised storms.
September was dry and fine for the rest of the harvest which was largely concluded by the beginning of October’