The 2021 vintage in the German winegrowing regions


Lean wines, full of aroma - this aptly describes the 2021 vintage in the German winegrowing regions. The best month for winemakers this year was not May, but sun-drenched September. With plenty of sunshine and cool nights in many regions, September brought a conciliatory end to a season that was clearly different from the three previous years and reminded many of the time before climate change.

While heat and drought had characterised the vintages from 2018 to 2020 and ensured an early harvest, this year coolness slowed down growth, and frequent rain made it extremely challenging for many vintners to keep downy mildew under control. September then made up for a lot: it promoted ripening and ensured that the must weights were appealing. This meant that grapes could be harvested whose quality satisfied the producers and promise good wines - with less alcohol than in previous years, but no less aroma.

Regional differences

According to the latest estimate, the harvest volume nationwide was 8,733,000 hectolitres, three percent above the previous year's figure and only slightly below the ten-year average. However, there were major differences in the individual wine regions.

The German Wine Institute (DWI) has asked representatives from the 13 German winegrowing regions how the 2021 vintage has developed in their area.

Press release: The 2021 vintage in the German winegrowing regions

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