The magical limit is minus 7 degrees Celsius. Vintners are only permitted to harvest ice wine when temperatures fall below this point. Volumes are traditionally extremely low. Grapes are pressed when the grapes are still frozen so that the crystalized water remains behind, separate from the juice.
During the nights of January 21 and 22, the right moment in time had finally arrived for many VDP.Vintners. They left grapes hanging on the vines in anticipation of a possible ice wine harvest. This is a risky ambition, because temperatures do not drop low enough for ice wine every year. This year, the risk was rewarded. The volumes are low as usual, but that is also what helps make this such a rare specialty.
Several VDP.Vintners of the Rheingau went into their vineyards in the night of January 21 and picked their grapes under the “super blood wolf moon” caused by the lunar eclipse. VDP.Weingut Allendorf harvested 1000 liters from its Winkeler vineyard at 150° Oechsle.
VDP.Weingut Jakob Jung also harvested during this crystal clear, ice cold night. 250 litres at 156° Oechsle were achieved by Alexander Jung and his team.
VDP.Weingut Flick did the same and commented with “Hip Hip Hurra! Eiswein 2018” on Facebook.
The Rheinhessen VDP.Weingut Gunderloch had to wait until January 22 to harvest 150 litres at a must weight of 150° Oechsle. Schloss Vollrads, VDP.Weingut Hamm and VDP.Weingut Johannishof harvested grapes at 155° Oechsle from their Johannisberg sites in the Rheingau.
The time also came for ice wine in Württemberg. VDP.Weingut Fürst Hohenlohe Oehringen harvested 240 litres from its VDP.GROSSE LAGE® VERRENBERG at 170° Oechsle.
A Goldmuskateller ice wine was harvested by VDP.Weingut Geheimer Rat Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan in the Pfalz