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Germany's grape harvest in 2016: volume per region better than originally expected

10/24/2016

In most German winegrowing areas, a very relaxed 2016 harvest is drawing to a close. At the time of writing, in few regions picking is still underway for the late-ripening varieties such as Riesling and Spaetburgunder (Pinot Noir). Some estates are even hoping for an icewine.


German winegrowers are on the whole extremely satisfied with the quality of the crop, the German Wine Institute (DWI) has announced. Thanks to fully ripened and very healthy berries, wine lovers can look forward to a vintage of fruit-driven white wines and excellent colour in the reds.

Germany´s harvest is turning out far better than previously anticipated, owing in part to the moderate rainfall in the past few weeks. Latest crop estimates expect an average yield nationwide of 9 million hectoliters – albeit with very large fluctuations between regions and individual estates depending on the extent to which the vineyards were affected by the damp spring weather.

This year´s extreme weather conditions have resulted, in part, in considerably lower yields in many European countries. At this stage, the EU Commission anticipates a total harvest volume across Europe of approx. 166 million hectoliters. This would correspond to a drop of four per cent versus last year´s totals and of one percent compared with the five-year average.


volume per region better than originally expected

 

 

20.10.2016

2015

10-year average

Change 2016/2015

Change 2016/long-term average

 

hectolitres

hectolitres

hectolitres

%

%

Ahr

                 39.000   

            39.000   

40.000         

 0

-3

Mittelrhein

                 35.000   

            29.000   

30.000   

21

17

Mosel

              750.000   

         760.000   

809.000

-1

-7

Nahe

              300.000   

         314.000   

331.000

-4

-9

Rheinhessen

           2.450.000   

      2.495.000   

2.563.000

-2

-4

Pfalz

           2.220.000   

      2.267.000   

2.221.000

-2

0

Rheingau

              200.000   

         202.000   

222.000

-1

-10

Hess. Bergstrasse

                 30.000   

            31.000   

30.000

-3

-0

Franken

              500.000   

         420.000   

446.000

19

12

Wuerttemberg

           1.100.000   

      1.078.000   

1.069.000

2

3

Baden

           1.300.000   

      1.159.000   

1.224.000

12

6

Saale-Unstrut

                 53.000   

            53.000   

43.000

0

23

Sachsen

                 31.000   

            25.000   

20.000

24

55

Total

           9.008.000   

      8.873.000   

9.048.000

2

0


must volume 2016 in individual EU member states:

 

 

20.10.2016

2015

10-year average

Change 2016/2015

Change 2016/long-term average

 

hectolitres

hectolitres

hectolitres

%

%

Ahr

                 39.000   

            39.000   

40.000         

 0

-3

Mittelrhein

                 35.000   

            29.000   

30.000   

21

17

Mosel

              750.000   

         760.000   

809.000

-1

-7

Nahe

              300.000   

         314.000   

331.000

-4

-9

Rheinhessen

           2.450.000   

      2.495.000   

2.563.000

-2

-4

Pfalz

           2.220.000   

      2.267.000   

2.221.000

-2

0

Rheingau

              200.000   

         202.000   

222.000

-1

-10

Hess. Bergstrasse

                 30.000   

            31.000   

30.000

-3

-0

Franken

              500.000   

         420.000   

446.000

19

12

Wuerttemberg

           1.100.000   

      1.078.000   

1.069.000

2

3

Baden

           1.300.000   

      1.159.000   

1.224.000

12

6

Saale-Unstrut

                 53.000   

            53.000   

43.000

0

23

Sachsen

                 31.000   

            25.000   

20.000

24

55

Total

           9.008.000   

      8.873.000   

9.048.000

2

0

 

 

source: germanwines.de / deutscheweine.de