Nature determines for each vintage its potential of producing sweet wines. And it is not possible for large amounts of botrytised wines to be produced every year.
Many Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese wines were produced in 2005, 2004, 2001, 1998, 1996 and 1995. The famous great vintages were 1991, 1981, 1973, 1969 and 1963.
In contrast to the sweet wine vintages, there were some outstanding “dry” vintages: even though the grapes remained practically botrytis-free, Eiswein specialities still were able to be produced – such as in 2003.