The share of red wine on the German market rose from 32% to 36% in 2002, with output of red wine in Germany reaching at 9.8m hectolitres in 2002, the Federal Statistics Office has said.

Total wine output in Germany rose by 11.2%, with the German industry producing 1.318 billion bottles of wine, compared to 1.185 billion bottles a year earlier.

The wine growing region of Rheinhessen, southwestern Germany, accounted for 27% of the total wine production in the country, followed by Pfalz with 20%, the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region with 16%, Baden with 13% and Wuerttemberg with 12%.