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2014 Vintage – A Region-by-Region Report from Germany


Thanks to a rapid, organized harvest and strict grape selection, German winemakers were able to successfully meet the challenges of the 2014 vintage head on. The German Wine Institute (DWI) has collected detailed harvest reports from Germany's 13 classified winegrowing regions.

While grapes with the high levels of ripeness necessary for rich, food-friendly wines and sweet dessert specialties have also been harvested, wine lovers can look forward to a vintage of predominately light, fresh and balanced wines, the German Wine Institute (DWI) is reporting.

This style of wine dovetails nicely with the market's current preference. The chances for an ice wine in this vintage, however, are not looking good.

With 9.3 million (mn) hl expected to be harvested throughout Germany - an eleven percent increase over last year - the anticipated volumes will surpass the roughly 9.2 mn hl averaged over the past 10 years. These numbers have helped quiet concerns on the price front. All in all, 2014 is shaping up to be both a high-quality and marketable vintage.