The most recent set of annual statistics on Alsace wine production is from 2017. The numbers are compiled by the Conseil Interprofessionel des Vins d’Alsace (the CIVA) and are used by various official bodies for reporting purposes.
We present the big picture overview to encourage an understanding of the fundamentals around grape varieties, volumes and trends. That’s all this is – as the real quality drivers that count, come from the individual producers who put the wine into the bottle.
We are not trying to tell a flowing story and the idea is to jump around the various charts and cherry pick the information of interest.
The key points to be taken from the 2017 vintage. General high quality due to the exceptional harvest conditions, which allowed good acidity balanced with ripeness. The cool nights, misty mornings and sunny afternoons should be the perfect recipe for high quality late harvest wines. The big negative impact on the 2017 vintage were the severe frosts on the 20th and 21st April. The frosts had a significant impact on around 10% of the wine region. Gewurztraminer was particularly hard hit with a 50% reduction in yield from 2016. Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc and Riesling were also impacted and yields were down between 10-25% from the 2016 vintage.
AREA PLANTED, VARIETIES AND YIELDS