The Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE) has approved around 290 hectares of new vineyards in Germany this year. In total, about 1,113 hectares were applied for new plantings, which is about 38 percent more than in 2021. 3,018 valid applications for new plantings were received by the Federal Agency, 2,899 of which were approved.
The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate leads the way with 208 hectares of new area. Here, the cultivation area Rheinhessen PDO is in the lead with over 181 hectares of new vineyards. In the Palatinate, the BLE approved around 21 hectares of new vineyards. The increase is also remarkable in the northern and eastern federal states, where viticulture has hardly played a role so far. New vineyards were planted in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (+12.63 ha), Saxony-Anhalt (+8.03 ha), Lower Saxony (+6.87 ha), Brandenburg (+5.67 ha), Schleswig-Holstein (+4.38 ha) and Thuringia (+3.61 ha).
According to the German wine law, a maximum of 0.3 per cent of the planted area of the previous year may be approved as new vineyards each year. The distribution of the acreage applied for depends above all on the location. Preference is given to areas with more than 30 percent slope, followed by areas with 15 to 30 percent slope. Applicants who have received less than 50 percent of the area applied for can return the approved area within one month.
(ru / Source: BLE; Photo: 123rf.com)