Even colder nights ahead
While the temperatures in Franken and the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer regions, for example, are still too mild for an ice wine harvest, the picking in the Nahe was expected to continue this week.
"The meteorologists are predicting colder temperatures for the coming night," notes Tim Fröhlich from the Schäfer-Fröhlich winery in Bockenau, "usually the second night is the colder one anyway, because the soil is colder then as well.
"It wasn't cold enough for us last night," Frank Schönleber from the Emrich-Schönleber estate, also in the Nahe region, said of Monday night. "I was in the vineyard again at midnight and then again at six in the morning, when the grapes were noticeably frozen, but I still expect it to be two or three degrees colder next night than the minus six we measured last night.
Rebecca Crusius from the Dr. Crusius Winery in Traisen, also in the Nahe, likewise is waiting in the wings: "We still have the ice wine grapes hanging, Riesling of course, because the temperature was still a bit low this morning. Of course, it also depends on the plot – in a frost pocket that collects cold air it can easily be two or three degrees colder than in the rest of the vineyard."
"There is also another period of cold weather forecast for January," says Tim Fröhlich. "But I will decide tonight whether we will pick everything right away or only part of it. You can already tell if the grapes are really well frozen. It would actually be a nice end to the season if it worked tonight. When you bring the grapes into the cellar at dawn and know that you can dismantle the presses in a few days. And so close to Christmas."