Could there soon be no Riesling in Germany?


in 2018 was a summer of the century: Never-before-spring and summer were hot and dry. A Disaster for German farmers and foresters. But a blessing for wine growers. So it is referred to, at least, the “New York Times”. Because German vintners have been harvesting in comparison to the previous year, a record. 20 percent more than in 2017. In addition, the heat did to the grapes. They were ripe and sweet.

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If the hot summer to climate change? Probably. The seasons are extreme. Those who work in agriculture will have to adapt, probably to more extreme weather and, therefore, also adjust. Looking at the wine harvest in 2018, experts now assume that 2018 could be a historic Year. And the extraordinary harvest could also be a sign that the conditions have changed . Too hot

“and dry summers are never really really good,” says winemaker and wine blogger Dirk Würtz. “Positive for winemakers, but the fact that there are no immature years. Everything is ripe. Always. This is especially great for red wine varieties”.

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German wine-growers are now able to produce red wines, whose grapes can grow it a few decades ago would not have. So far was well represented, especially Pinot Noirs, now plants a winemaker but also Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

recently, a Pinot Noir Vintage in 2016, came to over 700 euros under the Hammer. It was a bottle of German wine estate cellar. Never seen a German red wine has achieved such a high price, reports the New York Times.

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The changing weather conditions only in place for new varieties, but also for new wine regions. This is from a study by the Potsdam Institute for climate research impact. It is predicted that by 2040, in Germany, wine can be grown. Yet about 30 years ago, only certain parts of Germany good wine growing conditions and locations mainly in the South of the country.

are So well to the warmer temperatures for red wine, so bad you are for Riesling, because of the need to moderate temperatures, the grapes should be medium ripe, so it tastes fresh and crisp. “The best years are those that produce the storage of most wines. And for that, you need grapes of medium ripening. And a summer as he was in 2004 or 2007,” says Dirk Würtz.

That wine-growing is also in the North of Germany, are already noticeable. On the island of Sylt, just before the Danish border, is harvested since 2010, on an area of ten hectares of vineyards, all around the vines to be planted.

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