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Trend: More dry wines in Germany


Dry wines are enjoying increasing popularity in Germany. Forty-six percent of all German quality and "Prädikat" wines bottled in 2015 were classified as “trocken” (dry). Such was the announcement of the German Wine Insitute based on figures from the official wine classification agencies.

This represents a 2% rise on the previous year and an increase of 9% compared with 2005. The share of "halbtrocken" (medium-dry) wines stood at 23% last year and has thus remained relatively stable over the ten-year period.

The total quantity of 132,000 quality-tested wines with a volume of 7.4 million hectoliters is on the same level as the previous year. Also unchanged are their relative proportions of 59% white wine, 30% red and 11% rosé.

On average, roughly 90% of the annual wine production is submitted for quality testing each year, with the remaining share either marketed as "Landwein" (regional wine) or used to produce sparkling wine.
As the DWI emphasizes, all quality and "Prädikat" wines produced in Germany are subject to a sensory, analytical and labelling inspection before receiving approval to be released as such onto the market. An official inspection number (Ap-Nr.) may only be applied to the label once the necessary preconditions have been met.

The majority of wines are quality-tested the year after the harvest. Depending on demand and available stock, producers may also release their wines already in the year of harvest or, if a longer maturation period is required, first several years later.

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