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Ice wine

Term for a special type of wine produced from frozen grapes. There must have already been an "ice wine" in ancient times, as the Roman poet Martial (40-102) reports on winegrowers who harvested frost-stiffened grapes in November. Also in the 1st century, the scholar Pliny the Elder (23-79) wrote about certain grape varieties: "They are not harvested until it has frozen". This points to the deliberate and not just accidental production of ice wine. Later, however, this type of harvesting and winemaking seemed to have been forgotten.

Eiswein - gefrorene Weintraube und Denkmal bei Dromersheim

First ice wine

It is said that the production of ice wine was rediscovered in France towards the end of the 18th century. As with Trockenbeerenauslese, the phenomenon was not initially planned, but most likely occurred by chance when a very early frost surprised the wineries during the actual main harvest.

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