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Ice wine 2011 a real rarity

Finally, the frost came. A couple of nights at least – just enough to harvest some ice wine. As the German wine institute reports, several of the German wine regions were able to get in some liters. Even if very limited amounts.

Our local newspaper announces that the wine cooperation Ruppertsberg has harvested Riesling grapes for ice wine. The grapes showed 180 ° Oechsle, when they were picked yesterday morning at -9 ° C. 

For months, I had been watching one of the vineyards close by, where a few rows of grapes were still left at the vines after the harvest season in the fall. The intention was to keep those until frost comes, to be used for ice wine. But, apparently, the grapes did either not last as long, or they were taken in for late late harvest. So, in this case, it did not work out. 

However, 2011 can be stated as a year with very little ice wine. Generally, most vintners gave up the idea weeks and months ago, since the winter had been unusually mild. 

Ice wine is a speciality which gives very small amounts only (3-5 hectoliters / hectare). But because sought after, they are paid for extremely well. Usually, they are long lasting, so most consumers will have to use ice wines from previous vintages instead. 

Cheers,
Heike
 

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Early January and its starting all over

The main pruning has started a few weeks ago. Plenty of vines are already cut, with one (or two) cane(s) left to be bent and tied to the wires. This work is done by hand. We had heavy winds and grey days, quite some rain – not the most pleasurable conditions to stand still and cut vine by vine. After the clipping, the old canes are drawn out and that part is not very fun, can be a struggle at times, when all the wood gets hooked up between the wires and other branches. Patience, determination, strength and good clothing are absolute must-haves besides good pruning tools. 

Cheers,
Heike
 

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April vines

April vines

It is happening fast now – everything is green around here. Trees, bushes – and vines. Beautiful bike tours we are taking through the vineyards!

Cheers!
Heike 

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