Small Harvest in Europe But Good Quality
The latest estimates of COPA-COGECA (i.e. the European wine producers’ association) for the 2012 wine harvests in the EU-27, show a drop in production for 2012/2013 of 10% on the previous year, due to poor climatic conditions such as drought, cold and humidity. The “wine” working group of COPA-COGECA, spoke of a very low harvest for 2012/2013, which has been estimated to reach 144 million hectolitres, representing a drop of 10% on last year's levels, with sharp declines seen in all the major producer countries. France and Italy have not experienced such a low harvest in 40 or 50 years. Indeed, French wine production has been estimated at 40.6 million hectolitres, or 19.1% less than the growing year 2011/2012. That of Italy has been estimated at 39.5 million hectolitres, a drop of 7.1%. This fall in production concerns all qualities of products and is cyclical. It is the result of drought in the countries of the South and cold and damp meteorological conditions in other member states. Another characteristic of this poor harvest is that qualitatively, we are looking at a very good vintage. There will be exceptional products this year. This is good for the producer and the consumer, but that will not make up for the losses in revenue on vineyards.
German Vintage 2012
End of October/beginning of November are the final days of Germanys Wine Harvest Season 2012. For most grape varieties harvest season is completed. Only in some regions alongside the river Rhine, famous for its Riesling wines, the grapes of this late ripening variety are still picked to get specialties on top.
As far as quantity is concerned, Germany expects a wine harvest 2012 reaching 9.1 million hectolitres, which means a size, slightly smaller than long years average of 9.2 million hectolitres.
All vintners are highly content with the quality of this years’ vintage. On the base of very healthy grapes, 2012 harvest season run very calm and relaxed. It was given enough time for a slowly and successively ripening of the grapes, to guarantee best wine quality.
Although the weather of this years’ summer seemed mostly unsettled, it was favourable for a continuous vine and grape development. The results show that ripening process developed step by step, leading to a characteristic fine fruitiness combined with moderate alcohol levels as far as white wine is concerned, and awesome red wines, deeply coloured and combined with best tannin structure.