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ice harvest (GB)
See below Eiswein,

Name for a special type of wine produced from frozen grapes. It already has to be in the antiquity have given an "ice wine", because the Roman poet Martial (40-102) reports of winegrowers who brought frost-frozen grapes in November. Also in the 1st century, the scholar described Pliny the Elder (23-79) on certain grape varieties: "They will not be read until it has frozen" . This points to quite deliberate and not just random production of ice wine. Later, however, this type of harvesting and vinification seemed to have been forgotten. Allegedly, the extraction of ice wine was rediscovered in France towards the end of the 18th century. Similar to the Trockenbeerenauslese Initially, the phenomenon was not deliberately planned, but most likely coincidentally, when a very early frost break surprised the wineries during the actual main harvest.

Ice wine - frozen grape and monument at Dromersheim

First ice wine harvests in Germany allegedly took place in 1794 in Franconia. The first documented ice wine was on February 11, 1830 by grapes of vintage 1829 in Dromersheim at Bingen in the growing area Rheinhessen read. There was an extremely cold winter and some winemakers came up with the idea of hanging the grapes to feed the animals. When it was discovered that the grapes contained very sweet must, they were pressed. In this regard, even an ice wine monument was erected in Dromersheim (see picture above right). For the 19th century, however, only six years in Germany have documented in writing, in which Eiswein could be obtained. This was the mentioned vintage 1829, as well as the...

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