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Straw wine

Term for a special sweet wine made from raisined or dried grapes. Such wines were already produced in ancient times. There are different methods for this. The late-harvested grapes are often air-dried for months on straw mats, reeds (hence the name reed wine) or on wooden racks, as shown in the picture. The removal of water results in extremely high sugar and total extract values. In Austria, this is a Prädikat wine type. Other wines produced in a similar way are Commandaria from Cyprus, Samos and Vinsanto from Greece, wines produced using the Passito or Recioto method from Italy and Vin de paille from France.

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