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German 2017 Vintage Small but Fine

10/10/2017

The German 2017 wine harvest is headed toward an unseasonably early conclusion, with many estates already done before the end of September. Quality assessments range from good to very good, with the caveat that harvest volumes are relatively small.


The German Wine Institute (DWI) has prepared an updated set of figures showing estimated total yields across Germany of roughly 7.5 million hectoliters. That figure represents an 18 percent drop from both the year prior and from the 10-year historical mean of nine million hectoliters.

Yield totals often vary significantly from region to region, however. In fact, fluctuations can even be observed between neighboring estates, depending on which vineyards were affected by the April frosts — the primary driver behind the lower volumes. There were also isolated hail strikes and, for some winegrowers, the need to undertake manual selection, all of which further reduced yields.

Extreme weather conditions have led to significant crop losses in many European countries this year. The EU Commission is currently estimating Europe-wide wine must volumes of roughly 146 million hectoliters. If that figure holds, it would represent the smallest European wine must harvest since 2000, at 23 million hectoliters (14%) below the results from a year ago and 22 million hectoliters (13%) below the five-year historical average.

Estimated must volumes for 2017 in Germany

 

Ø=2007-2016

 

Prov. as at

2017 prov.

2017 prov.

Region

10-year-average

2016

27.09.2017

Δ y/y (%volume)

Δ y/y (%volume)

 

hl

hl

hl

vs. hist. mean

vs. year prior

Ahr

          39.000   

         40.000   

         31.000   

-             21   

-             23   

Mittelrhein

          29.000   

         25.000   

         30.000   

                3   

              20   

Mosel

         795.000   

       706.000   

        600.000   

-             25   

-             15   

Nahe

         329.000   

       308.000   

        270.000   

-             18   

-             12   

Rheinhessen

      2.563.000   

    2.557.000   

     2.050.000   

-             20   

-             20   

Pfalz

      2.232.000   

    2.209.000   

     1.800.000   

-             19   

-             19   

Rheingau

         220.000   

       200.000   

        180.000   

-             18   

-             10   

Hess. Bergstraße

          30.000   

         31.000   

         25.000   

-             17   

-             19   

Franken

         445.000   

       471.000   

        490.000   

              10   

                4   

Württemberg

      1.065.000   

    1.145.000   

        850.000   

-             20   

-             26   

Baden

      1.237.000   

    1.293.000   

     1.050.000   

-             15   

-             19   

Saale-Unstrut

          44.000   

         54.000   

         58.000   

              32   

                7   

Sachsen

          21.000   

         29.000   

         27.000   

              29   

-               7   

 Germany

9.049.000   

    9.069.000   

     7.461.000   

-          18   

-          18   

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The German 2017 wine harvest is headed toward an unseasonably early conclusion, with many estates already done before the end of September.

EU-wide must harvest trends (prov.)