The Strategist

Germany left without ice wine because of warm winter

03/03/2020 - 09:06

For the first time in history, German winemakers were unable to harvest grapes for the production of ice wine (Eiswein), which is made from berries frozen on the vine.

“2019 will go down in history as the first year when there was no harvest for ice wine throughout Germany,” the German Wine Institute (DWI) said in a statement. According to DWI spokesman Ernst Büscher, because of the warm winter, in none of the 13 wine regions of the country did the air temperature drop to 7 degrees below zero, which is necessary for this type of dessert wine.

It is noted that in recent years, weather conditions are increasingly becoming unsuitable for the manufacture of ice wine. In 2017, only seven wineries in Germany were able to harvest the corresponding crop. A great rarity is ice wine in 2014.

“If there will be more warm winters in the coming years, ice wines from German wine regions will soon become even more valuable than they already are,” says Büscher.