Concerns Mount for German Wine Growers as Late-Spring Frosts Hit Hard

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German wine growers worry over recent late-spring frosts

Late spring overnight frosts in Germany's wine-growing regions have raised concerns among winemakers about potential impacts on the harvest, reported dpa.

The German Winegrowers' Association (DWV) fears that the cold temperatures could damage wine yields this year: "The frosts at this point in time are so devastating because the vegetation is already well advanced after the recent months of record heat," DWV President Klaus Schneider told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain on Friday.

"The young, fertile shoots are now freezing, and those that grow back may not be fertile," he said.

That means that winegrowers can expect lower yields or even a loss of yield over the course of the year with the same vine care, said Schneider.

Since last Sunday, overnight frosts with temperatures dropping as low as minus 2.5 degrees have caused severe damage in some wine-growing regions.

The extent varied greatly from region to region, said Schneider.

"However, some regions are reporting extreme damage. We expect that the full extent of the damage will only become apparent in the next few days," he said.


  1. EmilySmith92 says

    Do the winegrowers have any strategies in place to protect the vines from further frost damage?

    1. JackDavis87 says

      Yes, many German winegrowers are implementing protective measures such as lighting fires, using wind machines, and covering the vines with protective materials to prevent further frost damage. These strategies aim to mitigate the impact of the late-spring frosts on the vineyards and preserve the quality of the harvest.

  2. Katja Müller says

    As a passionate wine enthusiast, it’s disheartening to hear about the challenges faced by German wine growers due to the late-spring frosts. The potential impact on this year’s harvest is indeed worrisome, especially considering the advanced stage of vegetation after the recent heatwave. The fear of lower yields or even a complete loss is a stark reality for winemakers. Let’s hope for the best and that the extent of the damage doesn’t turn out to be as severe as feared.

  3. LenaMuller89 says

    As a wine enthusiast, I’m really concerned about how these late-spring frosts will affect this year’s harvest. It’s heartbreaking to hear about the potential damage to the young shoots and the possibility of lower yields. Let’s hope for the best outcome for the German winegrowers!

  4. Emma_1987 says

    It’s truly worrying to hear about the late-spring frosts impacting German winegrowers. The potential damage to the harvest is concerning, especially with the advanced vegetation due to record heat. Let’s hope for the best outcomes despite the challenges faced by the winemakers.

  5. EmilySmith says

    Do you think the winegrowers have any contingency plans in place to mitigate the potential damage from these late-spring frosts?

    1. MarkJohnson says

      Yes, EmilySmith, winegrowers typically have various contingency plans to mitigate the impact of frosts on their harvest. Measures can include using frost protection sprays, installing wind machines, lighting candles, or even setting up vineyard heaters. However, the effectiveness of these measures can vary depending on the severity of the frost. Let’s hope the German winegrowers are able to minimize the damage and still produce a successful harvest.

  6. LenaMayer87 says

    As a wine enthusiast myself, it’s heartbreaking to hear about the challenges German wine growers are facing due to the late-spring frosts. The impact on the harvest could be significant, and it’s worrying to think about the potential loss of yield. Let’s hope for the best outcome for the winegrowers in the coming days.

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