The German wine producers are expected to contribute this fall, the smallest harvest in 25 years. As the German Wine Institute (DWI) announced that amount to be about seven million hectoliters total. This corresponds to a quarter less than the previous year's production.
Europe overall is also down. The forecasts is 165.5 million hectoliters, with six percent below the five-year average. Qualitatively the year 2010 in this country is good (DWI is a marketing organization….). About a quarter of the total harvest is moving this year to Prädikatswein level. "The reason for the unusually low yield is primarily in the low fruit set, which was caused by very cool temperatures during flowering," said the President of the German Winegrowers' Association, Norbert Weber. In addition, quality-enhancing measures such as the highly selective picking would have an additional production-reducing effect. It was necessary because of the extreme weather conditions in August, to bring in as healthy grapes as possible. In some regions of hail storms have resulted in further yield losses. "This was a difficult year for our winery. It has demanded nerves and patience, "said President of the vineyard. The patience of the producer was rewarded with a golden October, making the later maturing varieties such as Riesling, Sylvaner or Pinot varieties lucky.


The 2010 wines fall overall slimmer than the previous vintage. "Our white wines this year's awards, the typical fresh fruit and invigorating freshness, for which they are valued in this country and internationally. Through the good water and nutrient supply, they present themselves also very rich in extracts. The red wines will not disappoint the wine lovers. You can also enjoy first-class sweet specialties of the new vintage. There were Trockenbeerenauslesen record must weights of over 250 degrees Oechsle, "said Weber. He is, however, given the tight revenue situation, assuming that TBA will not happen this year for many producers nor the risk of leaving grapes for ice wine aging in the vineyards.
Because of the relatively large reduction in supply, the industry expects a slight increase in wine prices for the current year. 
"We expect, however, no major price hikes," said Monika Reule DWI chief. "There is great competition in our highly competitive international wine market and we must consider the price sensitivity of consumers. The market situation is further aggravated by the relatively good harvest results in our major importing countries such as France and Spain, so next year will be a challenge to keep the market share as much as possible. 




Difference to 2009


33.000 hl

+/- 0 %


900.000 hl

-25 %


320.000 hl

-29 %

Hess. Bergstraße

20.000 hl

-35 %


23.000 hl

-19 %


675.000 hl

-17 %


265.000 hl

-15 %


1.650.000 hl

-30 %


170.000 hl

-21 %


2.000.000 hl

-22 %


31.000 hl

22 %


11.500 hl

12 %


800.000 hl

-27 %


6.898.500 hl

-25 %