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Austrian wine grape faced declining dramatically
Austrian wine grape faced declining dramatically

Austrian wine grape harvest is underway, winemaker expects 2012 year maturity, but due to bad weather, production or reduced by one third.

5-6 month of Austria suffered a widespread severe frost and hail, causing vineyard losses of up to 22 million euros. Kamptal (Kamptal) and Weinviertel regions affected by frost largest, Steiermark, Burgenland and Thermenregion other places were hail hit.

Fortunately, summer long, hot, sunny, to restore part of the situation. Like the rest of Europe, Austria this summer, the temperature has been in the 30-35 ° C, so harvest two weeks earlier.

The Austrian Wine Growers Association (AWA) Chairman Josef Pleil said, nearly 10,000 hectares of vineyards affected by adverse climate impacts, of which 4000 hectares completely destroyed. He said: "We expect this year's production of 220 million liters to 290 million liters last year, but now in good condition, not damaged grape maturity and sugar content is very satisfactory."

Austrian Bureau of Statistics data show, the Lamm and Heiligenstein Veltliner and Riesling planting base Kamptal producing areas, may be 37% lower than last year. Veltliner and Riesling producing areas of Wachau Valley (Wachau), Austria's most famous production is expected to decline by only 12%, output 40% of the country's Veltliner Weinviertel producing areas, is expected to decline 43%.
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