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Bikini wine

A term often used in Germany for the wines of the 1976 vintage. Especially from the end of June until well into July, there was one of the most striking heat waves of the century. It was extremely dry and farmers complained about enormous crop failures with completely dried-out fields. There was a major drought in large parts of Europe. In the west and southwest of Germany there were areas with 30 degrees Celsius and more for more than two weeks. At that time, many daily newspapers in wine-growing regions published photos of scantily or very summer-clad female helpers at the grape harvest. At that time, sexism was not taken very seriously. The wines were therefore popularly known as "sunbathers" or "bikini wines". See more original wine names under special wines.

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