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Rosé wine production increases in Germany

02/17/2021

The range of German rosé wines has been growing continuously for years. As reported by the German Wine Institute (DWI), last year the quantity of quality-certified rosé wine increased significantly by nine percent compared to 2019, amounting to a total annual production of around one million hectolitres.


The proportion of rosé wine in all quality-tested wines rose by one percentage point to 13 percent. Ten years ago, it was 9.7 percent. The increase in rosé was at the expense of white wines, which now account for 63 percent of German Quality and Prädikat wine production. Red wines continued to make up 24 percent of production.

A total of 7.6 million hectolitres of wine successfully passed the official quality wine test last year.

The proportion of dry wines was at a consistently high level of 48 percent in 2020. The remaining quality-tested wines were bottled 21 percent semi-dry, 30 percent semi-sweet and sweetand one percent without any indication of taste.

In Germany, all Quality and Prädikat wines must pass a sensory, analytical and labelling test before they can be marketed as such. Only when all the necessary conditions have been met will you receive an official test number (AP no.), Which must be stated on the label. An average of 88 percent of all German wines go through this quality test every year. The remaining portion is marketed, for example, as country wine or used to make sparkling wine.

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Development of quality-certified wine 2010-2020. Source: Quality wine testing agencies, German Wine Institute (DWI), German Wine Association