Germany Expects Good Grape Harvest in 2016

Lehdistötiedote, marraskuu 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.

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Germany´s yield forecast of 20 October 2016

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: German Wine Institute (DWI) on figures compiled by the German Winegrowers´ Association (DWV)

EU yield forecast of 18 October 2016

2016 prel.

million hl

2015

million hl

5-year average

million hl

Change 2016/2015

%

Change 2016 /

5-year average

%

Bulgaria

1,3

1,4

1,3

-3

4

Czech Republic

0,6

0,8

0,6

-23

5

Germany

8,4*

8,8

8,9

-4

-6

Greece

2,6

2,5

2,9

2

-12

Spain

42,5

42,0

42,2

1

1

France

42,9

47,9

45,8

-10

-6

Croatia

0,8

0,7

1,1

22

-23

Italy

50,3

51,5

48,1

-2

4

Cyprus

0,1

0,1

0,1

-13

-28

Luxembourg

0,1

0,1

0,1

-46

-46

Hungary

2,7

2,8

2,6

-1

7

Austria

1,8

2,3

2,3

-23

-24

Portugal

5,6

7,0

6,3

-20

-10

Romania

4,9

3,8

4,1

28

17

Slovenia

0,6

0,9

0,6

-28

-1

Slovakia

0,3

0,4

0,3

-20

-12

Great Britain

-

-

-

-

11

other

-

-

-

-2

33

EU 28

165,6

172,6

167,4

-4

-1

* GER-Figures : Status 18.9.2016

Source: DG Agri