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Icewine crowns the 2015 vintage in Germany

01/22/2016

The wait for the deep freeze was worth it after all. As the German Wine Institute (DWI) announced, on the 18 and 19 January many estates in almost all German wine growing regions were able to harvest grapes (mainly Riesling, Silvaner and Pinot Noir) for the production of Eiswein or ice wine.


With temperatures down to minus eleven degrees Celsius, the conditions were perfect, they reported. To qualify for an Eiswein harvest, the thermometer must read at least minus 7 degrees Celsius - the colder the better, as the concentration of grape juice in the berries is increased by low temperatures. The sugar content of this year´s Eiswein was therefore high, with must weights of up to 220 degrees Oechsle. However, with yields ranging from 50 to 300 litres per estate, only relatively small quantities could be brought in.

Over the last weeks, most vintners had already given up hope of making Eiswein. They had either already harvested the grapes as “Beerenauslese” or even been forced to discard a portion, despite the fact that the fruit in 2015 was very healthy and thus ideally suited for an Eiswein harvest. That is why many estates took the risk last year and left the berries to hang on the vine.

German Eiswein are a true speciality and a rarity - the last Eiswein harvest of any size was in 2012. Ice wines from Germany´s wine regions usually have high natural sugar levels of well over 100 grams per litre, but in contrast to dessert wines from southern countries are relatively low in alcohol – often with only seven percent. They make an excellent aperitif and are a perfect complement to fruit-based desserts and ice-cream or sorbets.

Below is a list of estates which had a successful Eiswein crop in 2015.

Winery

Wine Growing Region

Grape Variety

Winzergenossenschaft Königschaffhausen

Baden

Pinot Noir

Winzergenossenschaft Achkarren

Baden

Pinot Gris

WG Rammersweier

Baden

Riesling

Winzergenossenschaft Glottertal

Baden

Riesling

Laufener Altenberg

Baden

 

Winzerkeller Auggener Schäf eG

Baden

 

Weingut Peter Landmann

Baden

Cabernet Sauvignon

Weingut Baldauf

Franken

Silvaner

Becksteiner Winzer

Franken

Riesling

Weingut Matthias Müller

Mittelrhein

Riesling

Weingut Lanius-Knab

Mittelrhein

Weingut Werner

Mosel

Riesling

Weingut Dax

Mosel

Riesling

Weingut Erben von Beulwitz

Mosel

 

Weingut Amlinger & Sohn

Mosel

Riesling

Weingut Dr. Hermann

Mosel

 

Weingut Lönartz-Thielmann

Mosel

 

Weingut Dönnhoff

Nahe

Riesling

Winzergenossenschaft Bergsträßer Winzer

Hessische Bergstraße

Riesling

Weingut Freiberger

Hessische Bergstraße

Riesling

Weingut Bus

Pfalz

Goldmuskateller

Winzergenossenschaft Edenkoben

Pfalz

Cabernet Mitos

Weingut Josef Spreitzer

Rheingau

Riesling

Weingut Allendorf

Rheingau

Riesling

Georg Müller Stiftung

Rheingau

 

Weingut Geheimrat J. Wegener

Rheingau

Riesling

Weingut Johannishof

Rheingau

 

Weingut Josef Spreitzer

Rheingau

 

Weingut Trenz

Rheingau

 

Weingut Runkel

Rheinhessen

Pinot Noir

Weingut Breyer

Rheinhessen

Silvaner

Weingut Erbes

Rheinhessen

 

Weingut J. & H. A. Strub

Rheinhessen

 

Weingut Gerharz-Hochthurn

Rheinhessen

Silvaner

Weingut Thürkind

Saale-Unstrut

Riesling

Weingut Pawis

Saale-Unstrut

Riesling

Kloster Pforta

Saale-Unstrut

Gewürztraminer

Fellbacher Weingärtner eG

Württemberg

Pinot Noir and Riesling

Winzergenossenschaft Weinfactum

Württemberg

 

Weingut Jürgen Ellwanger

Württemberg

Muskat-Trollinger Rosé

Weingut Schloß Affaltrach

Württemberg

Trollinger

Weingut Zimmerle

Württemberg

 

Sankt Annagarten

Württemberg

Riesling

Weingut Forsthof

Württemberg

Muskat-Trollinger

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