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sauterelles (F)
acrídidos (ES)
gafanhotos (PO)
sprinkhaans (N)
cavaletti (I)
grashoppers, locusts (GB)

Large group of insects, which belong to the Geradflüglern (Orthoptera). The migrant, snake and thorn grasshoppers are among the most dreaded plant pests. In the vineyard they eat the leaves, the young shoots and the bark of young vines and can go through in large masses Defoliation Destroy entire vineyards. Today, they hardly play a role in Europe as pests. In the Middle Ages, however, they were a dreaded and regularly occurring plague, as reported by numerous sources in many countries. In the years 1338 to 1340 the insects came from Asia Minor coming in the vineyards of Klosterneuburg in Lower Austria. According to a contemporary account, they came in such huge swarms that they darken the sun and eat everything bleakly. In California and Australia They still cause considerable damage today. Grasshoppers are especially with insecticides fought. Due to their jumping ability and similarity, they are much more dangerous cicadas (Leafhopper, English leafhoppers) often confused with the unrelated grasshoppers (grasshoppers). See also below Vine enemies,


Since 2018 insects fall under the EU Regulation for novel foods. In the meantime, courts are now offering dishes with insects. For wine lovers, the question arises, which drops to grasshoppers, mealworms and crickets is to be served. Fried insects have relatively little taste. That is why it is best not to be too aromatic or not acid-stressed White wines, for example Pinot Blanc or Chasselas, Red wines, on the other hand, are over-covering, especially in Barrique developed.

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