Friday, September 28, 2012

Rhine Valley = Wine Valley

In the North of Germany in the wine valley lies the small village of St Goar.

the winemaker and I :-)
This region is well known for their Riesling and dessert wines, including the speciality 'Ice Wine'.

We did a wine tasting in an ancient wine cellar belonging to Familienwappen, which dates back to the 12th century. The tasting included a dry riesling, 3 dessert wines and the ice wine, which is also a sweet wine.
In order to make Ice Wine, there are a number of conditions that need to be met.
wine tasting is done out of shot glasses
The grapes are left on the branches well into winter and must be on the vine for at least 10 days when the temperatures are below -7 degrees Celcius. If this happens, the grapes are then harvested while frozen and 'Ice Wine' is made.

Visit for more information on the wine tasting.

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