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Grape harvest

Term for the grape harvest. Traditionally known as the "Weinlesebann", the start of the grape harvest used to be determined annually by the official bodies and, according to old custom, publicly announced by means of the Gebirgsaufschießen. Today, this can largely be freely determined by each winegrower. The quality term Spätlese no longer has a temporal meaning. In Austria, a declaration of intent must be made to the local authority on the day of harvest for a Prädikat wine. Optimum ripeness of the grapes has an effect on the quality of the wine. The phase between harvesting and pressing or subsequent fermentation should be as short as possible to avoid undesirable oxygen contact and loss of flavour.

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