Austrian Wine in Numbers
Small Country, Big Wines
Austria is a small country, about the size of Ireland or the state of South Carolina in the U.S..
And yes, Austria has Schnitzel and Mozart and those lively hills. But it has amazing wines too! So why haven’t you heard more about them? I’m going to try and put things into perspective for you.
Craftwines specialises in Austrian wines, so obviously we have a thing for them. We host wine tastings for international groups, and on more than one occasion, people have said that they find it hard to believe that Austrian wines are that great, because wouldn’t they be more readily available internationally?
To put things in perspective:
I don’t want this to just be a list of numbers or too much information at once, so I’m just going to be talking about Europe here. Maybe I’ll do a larger picture another day after a bottle of wine, let me know what you think!
Vineyards – Surface Area
Vineyards are measured in hectares. What is one hectare?
- Trafalgar Square
- one rugby field
- one city block in Manhattan
All told, Austria has 45 000 hectares of vineyards. That’s about the size of
- Scottsdale, Arizona
- Disney World x 4
Europe has a total of 4 million hectares, meaning Austria contains about 1% of the total European vineyards. This compared to Spain, for instance, which has 25%. Italy and France are close runners-up to Spain.
Wine – Volume
Austria makes about 2.3 million hectolitres of wine per year. That is roughly 100 Olympic sized swimming pools filled with wine.
Europe produces an average of 167 million hectolitres of wine per year. This means that Austria contributes less than 4% to the total amount of wine in Europe.
Now consider this: Austria only exports about 20% of its wines (Spain, France and Italy all export more than 40%).
There you go, that’s why you can’t always find a bottle of Austrian wine on shop shelves around the world.
Grüner Veltliner, Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch are typical Austrian grapes, and most wines in Austria are from them.
Now the thing is that though these three grapes are loved and known here, they aren’t exactly it-girls on the international scene! Grüner Veltliner is #20 of the 20 most-grown white wine grapes worldwide, and Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch don’t even make it onto top 20 list of reds.
So there you have it! Rare-ish and and oh-so-special, you can get your bottles with us in our online shop.
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