_U1A0373In most German wine growing areas, a very relaxed 2016 harvest is drawing to a close. At the time of writing, in few regions picking is still underway for the late-ripening varieties such as Riesling and Spaetburgunder (Pinot Noir). Some estates are even hoping for an icewine.

German winegrowers are on the whole extremely satisfied with the quality of the crop, the German Wine Institute (DWI) has announced. Thanks to fully ripened and very healthy berries, wine lovers can look forward to a vintage of fruit-driven white wines and excellent colour in the reds.

Germany´s harvest is turning out far better than previously anticipated, owing in part to the moderate rainfall in the past few weeks. Latest crop estimates expect an average yield nationwide of 9 million hectoliters – albeit with very large fluctuations between regions and individual estates depending on the extent to which the vineyards were affected by the damp spring weather.

This year´s extreme weather conditions have resulted, in part, in considerably lower yields in many European countries. At this stage, the EU Commission anticipates a total harvest volume across Europe of approx. 166 million hectoliters. This would correspond to a drop of four per cent versus last year´s totals and of one percent compared with the five-year average.


 

Germany´s yield forecast of 20 October 2016

  20.10.2016 2015 10-year average Change 2016/2015 Change 2016/long-term average
  hectolitres hectolitres hectolitres % %
Ahr                  39.000            39.000 40.000 0 -3
Mittelrhein                  35.000            29.000 30.000 21 17
Mosel              750.000          760.000 809.000 -1 -7
Nahe              300.000          314.000 331.000 -4 -9
Rheinhessen            2.450.000      2.495.000 2.563.000 -2 -4
Pfalz            2.220.000      2.267.000 2.221.000 -2 0
Rheingau              200.000          202.000 222.000 -1 -10
Hess. Bergstrasse                  30.000            31.000 30.000 -3 -0
Franken              500.000          420.000 446.000 19 12
Wuerttemberg            1.100.000      1.078.000 1.069.000 2 3
Baden            1.300.000      1.159.000 1.224.000 12 6
Saale-Unstrut                  53.000            53.000 43.000 0 23
Sachsen                  31.000            25.000 20.000 24 55
Total            9.008.000        8.873.000   9.048.000 2 0

Source: German Wine Institute (DWI) on figures compiled by the German Winegrowers´ Association (DWV)