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Published:  23 July, 2008

The summer heat wave has led to one of the earliest red wine harvests on record in Germany, according to the Deutsches Weininstitut (DWI). With the quality, as well as the timing, of the red harvest proving exceptional'. The way things look now, red wines could be the winners of the vintage,' commented Armin Gring, director of the DWI. Grapes everywhere are very healthy and must weights in some Sptburgunder vineyards have already exceeded 60 degrees Oechsle.' The white grapes will need another four to eight weeks to ripen, although Norbert Weber, president of the German Winegrowers' Association, estimates that in all regions the ripening phase is up to three weeks ahead of the long-term average'. An unusually large production of both Beerenauslese and Trokenbeerenauslese is also anticipated.