Dry wines increasingly popular


German wines are becoming drier. According to the German Wine Institute (DWI), based on data from the nationwide quality wine test, over half of all German quality and premium wines (51 per cent) were offered in dry flavours last year.

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This corresponds to an increase of one percentage point compared to the previous year and eight percentage points compared to 2013. In 2003, only 36 per cent of all quality-tested wines were dry.

The proportion of sweet  wines remained constant compared to the previous year at 29 per cent. Compared to 2003, however, it fell by 15 percentage points. The supply of semi-dry quality and premium wines fell by one percentage point and, with a share of 20 per cent, has not changed compared to 2003.

Wine colours unchanged

The quality-assessed proportions of white, red and rosé wines did not change last year. White wines dominate the German wine market with 66 per cent, red wines have a 21 per cent share of all quality and premium wines and rosé wines account for 13 per cent.

In total, around seven million hectolitres of quality and premium wines successfully passed the quality wine test in 2023, which corresponds to around 95 per cent of German wine production.

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