The German Wine Institute (DWI) has compiled data and estimates for the 2020 vintage in the production areas. According to the institute, the year produced "very good qualities nationwide".
After a warm and sunny spring, the vines had already sprouted in April. However, towards the icy days around mid-May, the weather turned frosty again, which caused severe frost damage and considerable yield losses, especially in Franconia, Saxony and Saale-Unstrut, as well as in parts of Württemberg. Flowering began as early as the end of May - eight to ten days before the average value for the last 30 years. Accordingly, the main grape harvest in many wine-growing regions also started early, as early as the end of August. The persistent period of fine weather with midsummer temperatures had led to many varieties ripening simultaneously, which caused time pressure during the harvest. The winegrowers often harvested in the early morning hours or at night in order to maintain the freshness typical of German wines. Most winegrowers will remember the year 2020 as a "turbo autumn", which often ended in September. Especially the red varieties had benefited from the warm weather.
(uka / photo: German Wine Institute)