2017 was not easy for Austria’s wine growers who had to do their utmost to cope with capricious weather during the year. And while the end result for the wine has been positive, it was not a sure thing.The coldest January in the last thirty years was followed by the warmest March since meteorological records have been kept, resulting in a very early bud-break. With the devastating frosts of 2016 still fresh in memory, a spate of winter weather caused substantial anxiety in April and parts of May. Fortunately, this cold snap did not persist for long.
In addition, Austria’s growers were able to employ all imaginable means at the right time, so that there was hardly any frost damage reported.
The Food and Wine Gazette tells us more about what kind of wine to expect from Austria this year.