Austria braced for small but high quality harvest
on 04/09/12 at 9:34 amWine
Frost and hail caused millions of euros worth of damage earlier in the year and the AWA’s president, Josef Pleil, stated that the final yield would be between 2 and 2.2 million hectolitres below average.
However, the quality of the remaining fruit and vegetation remains high, so hopes for a good harvest appear well founded.
Pleil said: “Where there was no damage by frost or hail, a grape harvest of exceptional quality can be counted on.
“The rapid bud break, the dry conditions in spring – and finally enough rain – and then the summer heat all have been responsible for the well-advanced vegetation, especially compared with the harvests of previous years, even the early harvest of 2011.