Released on 15.09. 2021 A harvest worker at the Braunewell winery in Essenheim, Rhineland-Hesse, pours a bucket of Pinot Noir grapes into a reading box. Photo: Peter Zschunke Already heard? You can now also have your messages read out to you. Simply click on the play symbol in any article or add the article to your personal playlist using the plus symbol and listen to it later. Listen to the article: The grape harvest in Germany has started. According to initial forecasts, a little more will be harvested than in the previous year, but there will be large regional differences in the harvest quantity. Wiesbaden (dpa) - A little less wine in Rheinhessen, a little more in the Palatinate - according to a forecast by the Federal Statistical Office for the harvest that has just begun, the harvest in the two largest German wine-growing regions will be "roughly at the previous year's level". As before, more than half (56 percent ) of the entire German wine harvest on Rheinhessen and the Palatinate, the official statisticians announced on Wednesday in Wiesbaden. Three percent more than in the previous year For all of Germany, a harvest of 8 63 million hectoliters of wine must can be expected - three percent more than 2020, but slightly below the average of the years 2015 to 2020 with 8, 78 Millions of hectoliters. At the start of the main harvest on Tuesday in Rheinhessen, the German Wine Institute declared that, depending on the fungus infestation, due to the high humidity and local extreme weather events, there are large regional differences in the expected harvest. With significant The Federal Statistical Office expects increases in the Franconian growing areas (plus 63, 9 percent), Middle Rhine (40, 3 percent) and W\u00fcrttemberg (35, 1 percent). This is partly because the harvest there 2015 was particularly low due to drought and late frosts. A slight increase of 2.8 percent is expected for the Palatinate, and also for the Hessische Bergstrasse with an increase of one percent. Here the harvest will be lower Lower harvests will be for Rheinhessen (minus 1.4 percent), Nahe (6.1 percent), Baden (9.8 percent) and Mosel (14, 8 percent) expected. According to the Federal Statistical Office, there are not yet enough data for the Ahr wine-growing region affected by the flood disaster - around ten percent of the cultivated areas there were destroyed.