2013

Vintage 2013 presents good quality while quantity remains below average

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 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 and 48 per cent respectively therefore reaching 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 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, 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.

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Forecast of wine must harvest volumes 2013 (as of 28 October 2013):

Growing region

Estimates (hl) hectolitres 2013

 Compared to 2012 (%)

 Compared to 10-year average (%)

Ahr

39.000

+ 30

– 5

Baden

1.200.000

– 14

– 21

Franken

470.000

+/- 0

+ 6

Hess. Bergstraße

25.000

– 17

– 19

Mittelrhein

25.000

– 7

– 22

Mosel

670.000

+/- 0

– 25

Nahe

290.000

– 6

– 15

Pfalz

2.100.000

– 11

– 6

Rheingau

200.000

– 13

– 17

Rheinhessen

2.600.000

– 13

– 17

Saale-Unstrut

40.000

+ 48

+/- 0

Sachsen

20.000

+/- 0

+ 5

Württemberg

925.000

– 19

– 18

Germany, total

8.404.000

– 7

– 9