German Riesling ice wine at Schloss Johannisberg
Ice wine harvest after precisely ten years!
The rewards of patience and craftsmanship: Schloss Johannisberg, Rheingau, Germany, has harvested ice wine grapes for the first time in 10 years. The rare grapes were harvested under particular conditions: at night at a temperature of -10.5 degrees Celsius. According to initial estimates, the harvest will yield a few hundred bottles of ice wine.
The special requirements and weather-related challenges involved make German ice wines a very rare speciality – especially from Riesling grapes! The frozen grapes are harvested at low minus temperatures and then are immediately pressed.
The ice wine rounds out the range of the Riesling specialist, which now covers all quality levels from Qualitätswein to Eiswein for the first time since 1999.
Treasures with a potential maturation period of more than 100 years Ice wine can be stored for a longer time than nearly any other product. It is highly concentrated and has a pronounced acidity that allow the best ice wines to mature for a hundred years or more. The Bibliotheca Subterranea, treasury chamber beneath Schloss Johannisberg, affords optimal conditions for these exquisite products to mature for the enjoyment of future generations.
About Schloss Johannisberg:
The domain Schloss Johannisberg of Fürst von Metternich-Winneburg is the oldest Riesling wine estate in the world.
Tradition and craftsmanship are united with modern viticulture techniques at the winery. Schloss Johannisberg is a founding member of the VDP, the Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates, and one the world's most prestigious wineries. The wines made by the specialist Riesling producer are found at leading restaurants around the globe.