Main vintage has started in Germany
Promising vintage 2019 expected
The ripeness of the grapes is ahead of the long-term average. Thanks to the rain-free, sunny summer, the grapes are still very healthy at present. The weather forecast predicts warm days and cool nights. This favors the formation of aroma in the grapes. Accordingly, German wine producers are looking forward to a promising vintage in 2019 in terms of quality.
The first grape varieties that are harvested for the actual winemaking, include the precocious Müller-Thurgau or the Frühburgunder. Pinot Noir is currently being harvested for rosé and sparkling wine. The Riesling grapes, which dominate the Moselle, the Rheingau or the Middle Rhine region, generally mature a little longer, so that the main harvest of these varieties is expected later on in September (video).
Volume: presumably below nine million hectolitres
The heavy precipitation from last weekend has had a positive effect on dry vineyards and the juice content in the berries. Before, the grapes were still relatively small-berried due to a summer with little rainfall. In addition, sunburn damage to the grapes and regionally limited hailstorms have brought a slight yield-reducing effect. According to current estimates, the 2019 vintage is unlikely to reach the level of the average crop yield of around nine million hectoliters (Downloads und Statistics).