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Eislese

ice harvest (GB)
See below Eiswein,

Term for a special type of wine made from frozen grapes. It must already be in the antiquity gave an "ice wine" because the Roman poet Martial (40-102) reports on winegrowers who brought frost-free grapes in November. The scholar also described it in the 1st century Pliny the Elder (23-79) about certain grape varieties: "They are not read until they have frozen" . This indicates a very conscious and not just accidental production of ice wine. However, this type of harvesting and vinification later seemed to have been forgotten. The production of ice wine was allegedly rediscovered in France towards the end of the 18th century. Similar to the Trockenbeerenauslese the phenomenon was not specifically planned in the beginning, but most likely happened by chance when a very early frost break surprised the wineries during the main harvest.

Eiswein - frozen grape and monument near Dromersheim

The first ice wine harvests in Germany are said to have taken place in Franconia in 1794. The first documented ice wine was made on February 11, 1830 by grapes from 1829 in Dromersheim Bingen in the growing area Rheinhessen read. There was an extremely cold winter and some winegrowers had the idea to let the grapes hang in order to feed the animals. When the grapes were found to contain very sweet must, they were pressed. In this regard, an ice wine memorial was even erected in Dromersheim (see picture above right). For the 19th century, however, only a total of six years were documented in Germany in which ice wine could be obtained. That was the mentioned year 1829, as well as the...

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