Germany´s grape harvest 2018: estimates above expectations
According to the German Wine Institute (DWI), this would correspond to a 23 per cent rise over the 10-year mean of 8.8 million hectolitres, resulting in the largest harvest since 1999.
The 2018 harvest, a truly outstanding vintage
Despite the extreme water shortages, this year´s yields have turned out unexpectedly high even for the experts.
However, the estimated volume increases vary widely between the regions, ranging from 5 per cent in Saale-Unstrut, to 36 per cent in the Mosel and up to 64 per cent in the Mittelrhein.
Following one of the warmest summers and earliest start-dates on record, German winegrowers across the country have brought in crops of exceptional quality. This summer´s drought has in hindsight been more beneficial than harmful for vine development and berry ripening.
Grapes excellent in health with rich aromas
Thanks to the hot, dry conditions, the grapes are showing themselves right up into October to be in excellent health, with rich aromas and high ripeness levels. The red wine varieties have benefitted especially from the sunny summer.
Care has been taken with picking times to ensure that the grapes do not come into the cellar with all too high must weights, so as to prevent the wines becoming excessively powerful.
Harvest 2018 delivers top qualities and quantities
Wine lovers can look forward to a vintage 2018 of exceptionally fruity white wines and deeply-coloured, full-bodied reds, which from the entry-level to the premium segments offer first-class enjoyment and excellent value for money.