Vintage guides

Region: Germany

Year Rating Drinkability Style More
1971 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A great vintage, with best wines showing magnificent balance of richness and acidity more...
1972 starstarstarstarstar drink now In common with much of the rest of Europe this was a poor vintage, producing unremarkable wines more...
1973 starstarstarstarstar drink now A moderately good vintage in a run of poor years more...
1974 starstarstarstarstar drink now Another extremely poor year with few wines of note more...
1975 starstarstarstarstar drink soon An under-rated year although the Mosel produced a number of very good wines more...
1976 starstarstarstarstar drink soon An excellent vintage with very ripe, rich wines more...
1977 starstarstarstarstar drink now The first year in a succession of poor harvests more...
1978 starstarstarstarstar drink now Another disappointing vintage throughout Germany more...
1979 starstarstarstarstar drink now A marked improvement on the previous year, this vintage produced some reasonably good wines more...
1980 starstarstarstarstar drink now Few wines of lasting quality were made this year more...
1981 starstarstarstarstar drink now Moderate quality in yet another unexciting vintage more...
1982 starstarstarstarstar drink now A deeply disappointing year more...
1983 starstarstarstarstar drink soon An excellent vintage which produced wines with good balance and concentration more...
1984 starstarstarstarstar drink now Another poor year more...
1985 starstarstarstarstar drink now A good vintage for Riesling more...
1986 starstarstarstarstar drink now A large vintage of sound and reliable quality more...
1987 starstarstarstarstar drink now A less ripe year although many top growers managed to produce a number of attractive wines more...
1988 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Classic wines with excellent structure and complexity more...
1989 starstarstarstarstar drink now A rich, ripe vintage but some wines lacked sufficient acidity to age well more...
1990 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A great vintage which produced rich and concentrated wines of impressive longevity more...
1991 starstarstarstarstar drink now A vintage characterised by rather lean, tart wines. The best came from the Saar and Ruwer more...
1992 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A good vintage in the Rhine. Mosel wines were less impressive more...
1993 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A particularly fine vintage in the Mosel but Rheinhessen, the Pfalz, Baden, Franken and Nahe al more...
1994 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A good year for Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese in the Rheingau and Pfalz more...
1995 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A very successful vintage in the Mosel, producing both rich and racy wines more...
1996 starstarstarstarstar drink soon In some places picking continued into November. The best wines were made in the Pfalz more...
1997 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A good vintage in every German wine growing region more...
1998 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Variable quality. Very good Scheurebes and Spatburgunders from the Pfalz, and excellent Rieslings from Germany's top producers more...
1999 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A large vintage of excellent quality. Very good in Franken after three difficult years more...
2000 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Early promise gave way to rain and widespread rot. Eastern regions and Riesling did best. Regional differences mean overall rating is a very rough guide only more...
2001 starstarstarstarstar keep A great year: clean, concentrated, structured wines worthy of aging more...
2002 starstarstarstarstar keep High levels of ripeness and fine acidity are the hallmarks of this vintage more...
2003 starstarstarstarstar keep A great year for red wines—elegant and relatively ripe more...
2004 starstarstarstarstar keep Fresh, fruity white wines with pronounced aromas; good colour and density are the hallmarks of this vintage’s red wines more...
2005 starstarstarstarstar keep the 2005 vintage is already acclaimed as being exceptionally good more...
2006 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Looks like a classic vintage for those who waited before picking but those who didn't produced dilute wines. more...
2007 starstarstarstarstar keep Outstanding wines in all quality levels, showing a fine balance of ripeness, fruity acidity and mineral flavours, as well as great ageing potential. more...
2008 starstarstarstarstar keep Cool vintage favouring Kabinett/Spätlese ripeness levels. Hallmarks are fine-boned body, vibrant acidity and ripe fruit flavours. Reds firm and juicy. more...