Article by The German Wine Institute

Despite this year’s weather conditions, German wine growers are satisfied with 2013 vintage qualities achieved. Harvest is nearing its end, and it seems that total quantity of harvested grapes will be slightly below expectations.

According to the latest estimates of Deutsches Weininstitut (DWI), only 8,4 million hectolitres of wine must will presumably be harvested this year throughout Germany. Yields would thus be down seven per cent compared with a year earlier and nine per cent lower than the ten-year average of 9,26 million hectolitres.

Harvest results, however, differ significantly in the individual vineyard areas depending on grape varieties and climatic conditions. In the regions Rheinhessen, Franken and Saxony, for example, average yields at prior-year’s level are expected. Harvests in the Ahr and Saale-Unstrut region increased by 30 respectively 48 per cent and therefore reached average yields again after poor results in 2012. In the other regions, however, forecasts are significantly down compared with 2012 results, the Mosel region’s yields even being 25 per cent lower compared with the long-term average. This is why some wine-growing regions already announced price adjustments.

DWI managing director Monika Reule explained that due to unfavourable weather conditions during the blossoming period in June already Pinot varieties did not produce the desired quantity of fruit settings. In addition, quality improving reduction measures led to lower yields.

“Yet this year’s comparatively late moment of harvest influenced aroma development quite positively. Even young wines already have a very pleasant fruity note, and its moderate alcoholic strength perfectly fits to current market demands”, says Reule.

Forecast of wine must harvest volumes 2013 :

region

 estimate 

 2013 (hl) 

  difference  

2012  (%)

  difference compared to 10y average (%)

Ahr

39 000

+ 30

- 5

Baden

1 000 000

- 14

- 21

Franken

435 000

- 2

- 7

Hess. Bergstraße

24 000

- 20

- 23

Mittelrhein

27 000

+/- 0

- 16

Mosel

620 000

- 7

- 30

Nahe

265 000

- 15

- 23

Pfalz

2 100 000

- 11

- 6

Rheingau

190 000

- 18

- 21

Rheinhessen

2 600000

+/- 0

+ 1

Saale-Unstrut

42 000

+ 56

+ 5

Sachsen

18 000

- 10

- 5

Württemberg

950 000

- 17

- 15

Germany, total

8 310 000

- 8

- 10

source: Deutsches Weininstitut (DWI) / German Wine Institute

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