After early blossoming and "very rapid development of the vines in the first weeks of summer" for the 2017 vintage, the German Wine Institute (DWI) currently expects the main harvest of early-ripening varieties to begin in the first half of September. In the Moselle region, the Riesling harvest is expected to begin as early as the end of September instead of October. The level of development of the grapes has been "very satisfactory" so far and gives hope for a good quality vintage.
According to DWI, the current rainfall has replenished the water reserves in the vineyards, which "in some regions have been completely used up recently". The prerequisites for a good vintage are therefore in place.
(uka / Photo: German Wine Institute)