11/30/2016 – During early morning hours of november 30th 2016 icewine grapes were being harvested in Germany. After prior insular reports from Saxony (noc 21st) most of the other 12 wine growing regions now brought in their deeply frozen crop to produce the aromatic speciality.
Furthermore Frick Winery from Flörsheim, also Rheinhessen region, took on the challenge at freezing nightly temperatures and brought in Riesling grapes with 150° Oechsle.
Whereas in the similar large Pfalz region it was mainly freezing around the city of Bad Dürkheim: Fitz-Ritter Winery, The Herrenberg-Honigsäckel Association and the “Vierjahreszeiten Winzer eG” are amoung the lucky icewine winners.
Some days earlier, at november 21st it had been cold enough to harvest icewine in a few insular cases in the eastern wine growing region of Saale-Unstrut (Saxony).
According to Germany’s Federal Wine Law, it must be at least -7° C cold, in order to harvest the deeply frozen grapes. They need to be put on the wine press in a deep frozen state in order to squeeze the concentrated juice out of the individual grapes (video: thick and sticky icewine dripping from wine press).
The winemakers are looking forward to additional cold nights in order to harvest remaining grapes that were left at the vinyards in the hope of a 2016 icewine vintage (video: icewine harvest in Germany).