The 2017 German wine harvest came to an early close, with many estates wrapping up harvest before the end of September. Quality assessments range from good to very good, although harvest volumes were slightly smaller this year.
The German Wine Institute (DWI) has prepared an updated set of figures showing estimated total yields across Germany of roughly 7.5 million hectoliters. That figure represents an 18 percent drop from both the year prior and from the 10-year historical mean of nine million hectoliters.
Yield totals often vary significantly from region to region, and fluctuations can be observed between neighboring estates, depending on which vineyards were affected by the April frosts and hail earlier this year.