A massive hailstorm around the city of Worms in the German wine-growing region of Rheinhessen destroyed large parts of the grape harvest on 12 September. In a post on social media, Pfeddersheim vintner Oliver Knab speaks of a hailstorm of "biblical proportions" in which not only the vineyards but houses, roofs and cars were destroyed. So far, only about 10 to 15 per cent of the grapes had been harvested, the Wormser Zeitung said.
There was also hail in the districts of Mainz-Bingen and Alzey-Worms. Large amounts of rain fell around Trier and Saarburg. On the Middle Mosel, there could be an emergency harvest because of the heavy rainfall and rot. The main Riesling harvest is scheduled to begin next week.
(al / Source: Wormser Zeitung, tagesschau.de)