The vines are currently blooming in all German wine regions. Due to optimal weather conditions, the flowering period proceeds very quickly. In fact, it is already complete in warm locations, especially regarding grape varieties that develop earlier than others.
In 2021 the vines began to bloom about eight to ten days later than the long-term average. On average, harvest commences 90 to 100 days after flowering. The main harvest for this year’s vintage (2021) is therefore not expected to begin until mid-September. The first early-ripening grapes for the production of so called ”new wine” (partly fermented wine/ ”Federweißer”) will certainly be ready to be picked by the end of August.
Vine growth has literally exploded lately
The vintners follow the flowering of the vines with great excitement every year. If it goes without any problems, you can hope for a good harvest. Cool temperatures during the flowering phase lead to lower fruit sets and correspondingly reduced yields.
Thanks to the summer temperatures of the last few weeks, the vine growth has literally exploded after the comparatively cool and damp spring. Sometimes the shoots have grown up to 30 cm in a week. For the winemakers, this means a lot of work in the vineyards, because the vines have to be tied up quickly. This means that the shoots must be fixed in the wire frame so that the wind does not break them off.