Definition - What does Eiswein mean?

Harvested in temperatures between -10° C to -13° C using a perfectly controlled system, Eiswein is one of the Germany's most precious wines. You could call it the result of precise and beautiful German engineering, or you could call it luck, but when the ice wine first thawed itself out into glasses in 1794, it was both genius and magical. Over the years, many countries have recreated eiswein and Canada amongst many others seem to have perfected the art well enough to challenging the German wine counterparts.

WineFrog explains Eiswein

From December through to February, vineyards in Germany can be seen clinging onto small bunches of frozen grapes covered by frost. These grapes need a painstaking amount of consideration while plucking, and it all needs to be done by hand. What makes the job even tougher is the low yielding capacity of the vines, with each vine only enough to produce one bottle of wine. But in the end, the quality of wine produced is well received and continues to encourage production.

When golden wine pours into the bottles after weeks of fermentation, the high quality wine is finally ready to shine out the competition. The meticulous process involved from the vineyard to the wine making process makes eiswein stand out. Eiswein wines, have consistently been a part of the list of sweetest and most precious wines produced every year.

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