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Germany’s 2019 Vintage Yields 8.3 Million Hectolitres

04/09/2020

Exactly 8.326 million hectolitres (hl) of wine must were recorded from the 2019 German vintage. This is approximately 0.1 million hl less than recently estimated.


According to the German Wine Institute (DWI), based on the Federal Statistical Office's survey, the final harvest volume is five percent below the ten-year average of 8.8 million hl and 20% below the exceptionally large 2018 harvest. The reasons for this below-average yield are attributed to the extreme summer temperatures, which were responsible for both sunburn damage to the berries as well as widespread drought.

The harvest comes from 63% white wine grapes and 37% red varieties. The five most important grape varieties in Germany, with five million hl, account for 60% of the total harvest. Their yields are divided into 1.6 million hl of Riesling, 1.2 million hl of Müller-Thurgau, 0.9 million hl of Pinot Noir and Dornfelder, and 0.5 million hl of Pinot Gris.

A differentiation of the harvest results according to wine growing regions was not possible in Rhineland-Pfalz due to the current restrictions in service operations caused by the corona pandemic and will be submitted later. However, the total harvest in this largest wine-growing State was around 5.6 million hl, four percent lower than the ten-year average. The Franken wine producers had exceptionally high harvest losses of 22%. The yields in Württemberg and Saale-Unstrut were also significantly below average, with a minus of 14% in each region. In contrast, the harvest of 1.2 million hl in Baden, Germany’s third largest wine-growing region, was one percent higher, and in Sachsen it was 22% above the ten-year average with 26,000 hl.

In terms of quality, the 2019 vintage is rated as very good in all quality levels. The white wines are extremely fruity, well-structured, with a lively acidity and the young red wines are already well developed, harmonious and full of colour.
 

Wine Must Harvest 2019 in Germany

 

Ø=2009-2018

 

Compared to

Wine Region

10 Year Average

2019

10 Year Ø

 

hl

hl

%

Rheinland-Pfalz

5.816.000

5.582.000

-4

Rheingau

210.000

200.000

-5

Hess. Bergstraße

30.000

26.000

-13

Franken

443.000

343.000

-22

Württemberg

1.020.000

875.000

-14

Baden

1.218.000

1.236.000

1

Saale-Unstrut

43.000

37.000

-14

Sachsen

21.000

26.000

22

Deutschland

8.801.000

8.325.000

-5

Source: Federal Statistical Office / German Winegrowers' Association


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