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The 2020 vintage did not make it easy for German vintners. Even those parts of the wine reporting industry that love to trumpet new superlatives to the world every year were hardly moved to celebrate another vintage of the century this time. But before anyone gets alarmed: 2020 is by no means a bad year.

Apart from late frosts, which caused sometimes minor, sometimes major damage, especially in the eastern growing regions including Franconia, but also in Württemberg, the vintners hardly had to struggle with the vintage. The grapes often looked as if they had been painted; diseases or rot were not a significant problem anywhere.

But the drought was. For the third year in a row, vineyards practically everywhere in the country had too little, often far too little water; the reserves in the soil were often exhausted. The consequences of a lack of water are not only possible harvest losses, which Franconia in particular had to suffer. The dryness is also often noticeable in the wines, no matter how perfect the grapes look.

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