German Vintage 2007 Superb
Good Quality and Quantity Harvest: 10.5 – 11 Million Hectoliters

MAINZ, Germany,October 17, 2007:
As this year’s grape harvest in Germany’s 13 wine growing regions comes to an end, grape-growers are expressing total satisfaction with the results so far says Monika Reule, managing director of the German Wine Institute/Mainz.

Not only are this year’s qualities above average, but also the quantities harvested – currently estimated at 10.5 to 11 million hectoliters – are reason to be pleased,” she said.
This will enable us to better meet the increased demand for German wines at home and abroad.” The 2007 grape must harvest is currently estimated at eight percent greater than the ten-year average in Germany and well above the 9.1 million hl harvested in 2006 and in 2005.

Optimal Harvest Conditions
Thanks to the good weather and the healthy state of the grapes, this year’s harvest was less fraught with stress than in recent years. Growers were able to fine-tune grape picking for the optimum moment of ripeness for each grape variety.

Furthermore, extremely early blossoming enabled development to begin by the end of May, thus providing the grapes with the longest overall period of vegetation ever recorded. As such, typical varietal aromas are quite pronounced – particularly so in late-ripening varieties, such as Riesling and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir). The long growing season also fostered high quality and ripe tannins in red varieties, which bodes well for full-bodied, velvety red wines.

At the same time, sufficient and timely rains released considerable quantities of mineral nutrients in the soil to be absorbed by the grapes. This usually yields wines that are rich in extract and that reflect the influence of their site-related “terroir.”

We anticipate outstanding wines from the 2007 vintage in all quality levels, from uncomplicated, everyday wines to top-quality wines with a fine balance of ripeness and fruity acidity as well as great aging potential. These wines will have a great following at home and abroad,” added Reule.

The first wines of the new vintage are already on the market. The first Müller-Thurgau/Rivaner wines of the Pfalz, for example, underwent quality control testing on the 24th of September – unusually early. At this time, demand from the wine trade is good, particularly for Riesling and other white varietals, and there is no shortage of supply.

Monika Reule estimates that prices for this vintage will remain stable for the most part. “Nevertheless,” she says, ”due to increases in auxiliary, production-related costs, slightly upward price adjustments may result.”

Hopes for Eiswein
In years of a good-sized grape crop, growers are more inclined to risk leaving a few rows of vines unpicked, hoping to harvest Eiswein. Time will tell whether there will be vintage 2007 Eiswein. Last year, this rare specialty was very rare indeed.

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