Despite growing conditions set to put this year’s harvest under pressure, the 2017 vintage is expected to yield good results. With an extraordinary early start in late August and early September, since grapes ripened unusually early, German winemakers have been busy harvesting their grapes over the last few weeks. In some regions, grapes have developed even two weeks ahead of the expected time, following recent sunny weather.
According to the German Wine Institute, yields are expected to be lower in 2017, with a big local difference as some regions were more affected by the frost or hail than others. Many winegrowing regions have even started to pick Riesling grapes, which are typically harvested in October.
With forecasted dry weather conditions in the coming weeks, winegrowers are optimistic about an excellent vintage with continued high-quality yields.