Good conditions for flowering vines in Germany
In 2021, the vines began to flower about eight to ten days later than the long-term average. In general, harvest commences 90 to 100 days after flowering in Germany. Therefore, the main harvest for this year's vintage (2021) is not expected to begin until mid-September. The first early-ripening grapes for the production of so called "new wine" (partly fermented wine known locally as "Federweißer") will certainly be ready to pick by the end of August.
Vine growth has literally exploded lately
The vintners follow the flowering of the vines with great excitement each year as it is a good indicator of what lies ahead. If it goes without any problems, they can hope for a good harvest. Cool temperatures during the flowering phase lead to lower fruit sets and correspondingly reduced yields.
Thanks to the summer temperatures of the last few weeks, the vine growth has literally exploded after the comparatively cool and damp spring. Sometimes the shoots have grown up to 30 cm in a week! For the winemakers, this means a lot of work in the vineyards, because the vines have to be tied up quickly and the shoots fixed in the wire trellis so that the wind does not break them off.