Vintage update 2014: Germany

As with the rest of Northern Europe, rot has been prevalent due to rain and a lack of sunshine. However, September saw a reverse in fortune with plenty of sunshine which may make the short crop something special yet.


Growers in the Rheingau are cautious about quality at the moment. The vines at Prinz Von Hessen look to have been saved by a favourable picking season.

Late ripening varieties like Riesling hit the presses in late September and so far quality looks good.


Popularity is growing in the On Trade with good quality German wines returning to wine lists across the Capital. Germany is re-staking its claim the ‘greatest white wine not from Burgundy’.

16th October 2014

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