Rheinhessen Vintage Report 2014
Bud break started in early April during a warm, dry start to spring. Luckily the sudden, severe
cold snaps that ensued in late April/early May did not reach below freezing and damage any
vineyards. The flowering period was slightly earlier than average, with great weather providing
a good “set”. An overabundance of rain in July and August (three times the normal amount in some
areas!) resulted in prolific growth in the vineyards, requiring a lot of canopy management.
Despite all the wet weather, the grapes stayed healthy with good must weights. A perfect start
to September took an unexpected turn right before harvest, and rain forced wineries to pick very
quickly, with most bringing in their crop by the end of the first week of October. Quantity in
vintage 2014 was good, on par with the ten-year average, and quality is very good, with the
attention to detail and hard work paying off.