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2008 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions A cold miserable start, a wet March, then an almost-summery April and a typical, easy-going summer. Flowering tended to be early (notably in Sachsen, in the sheltered Elbe…

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2007 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions A warm spring fostered extremely early blossoming so that the grapes were already developing nicely by the end of May – providing the longest overall period of vegetation…

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2006 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions Spring flowering came early, followed by a warm June and hot July. But a cold, wet August slowed ripening and kept acidity high. All that said, the generally…

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2005 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions The current mood in Germany’s wine estates and cooperatives is one of great satisfaction – not least because the 2005 vintage is already acclaimed as being exceptionally good.…

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2004 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions The weather was excellent – always warm enough, with a welcome shower now and then just when needed but never too much, and not least, a truly ‘golden…

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2003 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions The whole country experienced extremely hot conditions, from Sachsen in the former East Germany to Baden in the southwest. The early ripening and ensuing hot summer not only…

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2002 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions What is extraordinary about this vintage is that, in spite of the rains, great wines were made in all the main regions! By the middle of July expectations…

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2001 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions A cool and humid spring retarded budding but warm and sunny weather returned at the end of May and flowering was successful in June. August was exceptionally hot…

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2000 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions An early bud-break, early and successful flowering, then a fine summer in which sun and rain alternated in an ideal manner raised high hopes that 2000 would be…

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1999 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions A perfect setting of buds in April, ideal growing conditions in May and an early flowering in June were followed by a picture book summer, culminating in an…

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1998 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions May was hot and sunny and as a result the flowering was two weeks ahead of usual. The good weather continued through June and July until August when…

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1997 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions Late frost in April, difficult rainy conditions at the time of the flowering in June and localised hailstorms all caused problems. However, great heat in August and a…

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1996 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions The whole cycle of the vine in this year was affected by the lack of rain, which was less than half the normal amount. This delayed the development…

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1995 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions The auspices were excellent until continuous rain and cold weather set in towards the end of August and into September and presaged a sharp reduction in quantity and…

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1994 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions There was no shortage of water in 1994 in contrast with the droughts of previous years. The setting and the flowering were both perfect and in July was…

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1993 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions Thanks to an extremely warm late spring, the flowering started in early June, three weeks earlier than usual and the prospects were good for a great vintage. However…

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1992 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions The weather was kind in spring but the summer was a mixture of sun, rain and humidity, which created some problems for the growers. Great heat in the…

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1991 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions The winter was benign and the shoots were the size of a 50p coin when on the night of 20th April the frost hit. I left Germany the…

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1990 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions Unique! The weather in spring was perfect. The budding was around 15th April, the flowering around 21st June and temperatures of up to almost 40C. at the beginning…

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1989 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions Perfect setting in April, copy-book flowering in June and a sun-drenched, relatively dry summer encouraged the grapes to ripen in almost tropical temperatures and the best of all…