Ice wine from sunny Spain?
A new appellation or Denominacione de Origen (DO) has been created in Spain to produce Spanish icewine. The region of Penedès has accepted the new DO Vino Dulce de Hielo or Vi Dolç del Fred. Its the first appellation in Europe to allow artificial freezing of grapes, forbidden in the traditional icewine regions of Germany, Austria and Canada, where grapes must be left to freeze naturally on the vine at temperature of -7 or -8 degrees.
The harvested grapes must have a minimum of 240 grams per litre of sugar and the addition of sugar is not allowed. The final wine must contain 70-150g/l residual sugar and have an alcohol content of 9.5-13.5%. The new DO will come into force from the 2009 vintage.