HVG Germany: Hopfen

Hop region Tettnang

The second largest hop-growing region is situated in Baden-Wurttemberg north of Lake Constance and is concentrated around the town of Tettnang. The history of hop-growing can be traced back to the beginning of the 12th century; but it only gained economic importance from the mid-19th century onwards. Although Tettnang only contests approx. 7% of the total German hop production with regard to acreage and crops, it is among the leading producers of very fine aroma hops worldwide. Tettnang has made a name for itself far across the boundaries. Consequently master brewers all over the world prize the "green gold" from Tettnang - once home to the Counts of Montfort - to improve their beer specialities in the "premium range". The overwhelming majority of its hop-growers have practised the integrated, controlled production since 1993 and market their hops under the Baden-Wurttemberg origin and quality label. The same year the Independent Quality Appraisal was established. The four kilometre hop educational path and the "Tettnang Hop Museum" in Tettnang-Siggenweiler are evidence of the long history of this hop-growing region which is rich in tradition.

 

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Acreage in ha 1 200 1 220 1 233 1 250 1 226 1 222

Total crop in tons 1 424 1 614 1 836 1 611 1 798 1 783

Average yield in tons/ha 1,19 1,32 0,49 1,29 1,47 1,46

Proportion of the German total crop in % 5,00 5,02 5,86 5,14 5,25 4,68



Acreage in ha
Principal varieties 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Tettnanger 751 725 731 765 772 776 780

780

Hallertauer 404 378 369 302 284 263 260

250

Source: EU reports, HVG, Mehop

Crop in tons
Principal varieties 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Tettnanger 864 945 1 041 893 1 016 976

Hallertauer 482 498 546 390 416 354

Source: EU reports, HVG, Mehop