Main grape harvest starts in Germany

Sunny weather is optimal

As the country enjoys sunny late summer conditions, the main grape harvest has begun in most German wine-growing regions with varieties such as Frühburgunder, Müller-Thurgau and Dornfelder.

Winegrowers are at the starting blocks, ready for the harvest of the Burgundy varieties, which will start soon, while the Riesling harvest is still be about two to three weeks away, depending on the region. Pinot Noir is also developing very positively at the moment.

Weather conditions in following weeks will be decisive for quality levels

If it stays dry in the coming weeks, it will really be all to play for in terms of quality for the 2023 vintage. At the moment, ripening conditions are perfect. There is also every promise of good yields following a positive fruit set earlier in the year and a steady water supply following rain in July and August. Currently, it can be assumed that the nationwide harvest volume of the 2023 vintage will be slightly above the ten-year average of 8.8 million hectolitres.

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