Détails

Wine vintage 2019 brings less amount

07/10/2019

European wine grape harvest also below average. Due to a good level of grape ripeness and the damp autumn weather, this year’s grape harvest draws to a close earlier than expected. Thereby, the yields of the harvest are significantly lower than in the exceptionally strong year 2018 (+18% compared to the 10-year average). Based on a first yield estimate, the German Wine Institute (DWI) informed that the nationwide wine production in 2019 is expected to be 17.6 million hectoliters or 17 percent below the outstanding previous year and two percent below the ten-year average of 8.8 million hectoliters.


The reduction in yield is mainly be attributed to the second dry year in succession, as well as to sunburn damage to the grapes and regionally limited hailstorms. However, there are quite large differences in yields between the thirteen growing areas as well as within the single regions and even within individual vineyards.

As to the largest German wine regions Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden, including the Mosel and Nahe region, the forecast harvest volumes fluctuate only slightly around the ten-year average. With a decline of 19 percent, wine producers in Saale-Unstrut anticipate the most significant fall of yields. But also in Franconia, Württemberg or on the Ahr, the expected harvest quantities are ten to 15 percent lower than the average of the last ten years. The producers in Saxony and the Middle Rhine are looking forward to an expected increase of 30 percent and 24 percent, respectively.

It is not only in Germany, but also throughout Europe, that the 2019 grape must harvest will turn out somewhat smaller. According to an initial crop forecast by the EU Commission, this year's harvest will amount to 161.3 million hectoliters. This corresponds to a decrease of 15 percent compared to the previous year and four percent compared to the five-year average. Europe's three largest wine-producing countries, Italy (46.14 million hl), France (43.36 million hl) and Spain (40 million hl) are forecasting 80 percent of this year's grape must harvest in Europe.

 

Forecast of the German grape must harvest 2019

 

Ø=2009-2018

Estimate

Difference

Wine growing region

10-year’s average

27th September 2019

Comp. to 10-y. Ø

 

hl

hl

%

Ahr

39.000

33.000

- 15

Mittelrhein

28.000

35.000

24

Mosel

755.000

770.000

2

Nahe

316.000

305.000

- 3

Rheinhessen

2.480.000

2.500.000

1

Pfalz

2.198.000

2.150.000

- 2

Rheingau

210.000

205.000

- 2

Hess. Bergstraße

30.000

34.000

14

Franken

443.000

375.000

- 15

Württemberg

1.020.000

920.000

- 10

Baden

1.218.000

1.200.000

- 1

Saale-Unstrut

43.000

35.000

- 19

Sachsen

21.000

27.000

30

Deutschland

8.801.000

8.589.000

-2

Source: DWV and official authorities


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