Ice wine is made from frozen grapes hence it is named ice wine. To prepare ice wines, the grapes are left on the vines for as long as a typical harvest season until the first frost. Due to the frost the process to get frozen grapes gets completed. Then grapes are harvested when the grapes are still frozen then they are pressed in the same frozen condition.
When the grapes freeze is the water content in them gets frozen too. Whereas the solids and the sugars get pressed out in the form of juice, making Ice wine a highly concentrated wine. With this process, the base is made stronger and filled with sugar content. Somehow this process is the same for preparing wine and spirits.
I learned the concept behind the Ice wine at a winery near me. The use of frozen grapes gives it a concentrated sweet and deep flavour. Usually, this ice wine is filled in smaller bottles and stored in a wine cooler for distribution as they are very expensive.
The origin of wines goes back to the 1700s to the vineyards in Germany. The modern production of Ice Wine was initiated at Franconia in Germany in 1794. Other countries that indulged in ice wine production are the U.S, Canada, Europe, and Japan.
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- WEINGUT MARKUS HUBER BERG RIESLING EISWEIN
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- INNISKILLIN GOLD OAK
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Is it the Most Expensive Wine?
Ice wine is a concentrated juice as the water content in the frozen grapes does not get pressed leading to less production. The yield is very less hence ice wines are one of the most expensive wines. Ice wines are expensive for producing and buying both.
Ice wine is available in quarter bottles or half bottle, small bottles cost $20.
Aged wine of oak half bottles can cost you around $80- $100 each.