Rest of Europe 2015 Vintage Report
Our 2015 vintage report for the rest of Europe has turned up some inspiring stories, with one common thread: a hot, dry summer that was saved by September rains. For lovers of sweet wines, there was a pitch-perfect vintage for sweet Furmint in Hungary. And after an incredible year last year, 2015 is also looking rosy for our English winemakers.
- The 2015 vintage was good overall, although parts of Germany had virtually no rain during summer.
- The warm and sunny weather led to healthy berries, and there were no problems with disease or rot.
- The growing season kicked off with an excellent start and apart from some frost around Easter, things progressed well.
- Because of the glorious sunshine and lack of rain during this period, fruit set indicated a promising crop.
- Picking started on 30 September and the sun came out just in time.
- It was a great summer, but any more heat or drought and it would have been a different story entirely. But heavy rain at the end of August averted any major disasters.
- Some areas were affected by hail early in September, but the most prepared winemakers had started harvesting early, so it could have been much worse.
- The only sign of the summer drought has been slightly lower yields. It was a similar story for grapes destined for sweet wines.
- All in all, it looks like a great year for Hungarian wine.
- Last year’s rain during harvest dealt a cruel blow to growers in Slovenia.
- However, conditions were ideal in 2015, leading many growers to hail the harvest as ‘perfect’.
- There were no problems with rot or drought and unlike other areas, grape yields weren’t hit, while quality is still sky high.
Want to know more about the 2015 vintage in the Northern Hemisphere? Check out our complete guide.