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-10 degrees at 05:20 h, we’re ready to go! The grapes are thoroughly frozen at this temperature and look a bit like a slushi on the inside. They taste a bit like it too - cold and sweet. We are still waiting for the OK from the relevant authorities and for the harvesting machine.
The harvester is ready by 06:30 h (cover picture of the article). The temperatures are at their lowest at sunrise - Precision landing! After an official inspection of the grapes where sugar concentration and harvest quantity are recorded, the more strenuous work begins in the cellar.
The grapes have to be pressed while frozen. This can only be done by hand with a fork and is quite strenuous. In any case, you’re not cold afterwards. Just 8 hours later, everything is clean again and the 2023 grape harvest is finally over - Christmas can come. Finally, one last harvest beer, because there is also a very good supply in Gols.
After a dry spell of 5 years, we were finally able to harvest icewine again. Due to global warming, this is no longer a given. And even though the quantity is very small, we are looking forward to finally having fresh icewine in the cellar again. It is now slowly fermenting which can easily take until the beginning of next year. In fall 2024, we will then finally be able to offer the first tastings.Page Top »