Prime minister Xavier Bettel (DP) and agricultural and viticulture minister Romain Schneider (LSAP) were among those visiting the Schengen area on Tuesday to harvest grapes and provide insight into this year’s harvest.
This year’s weather provided “excellent conditions”, according to a ministry statement, which contributed to an ideal maturation and veraison of the grapes along the Moselle which “is not only reflected in the colour, but also in the taste of young, round and balanced wines”. This year’s Fiederwäissen, a white wine served before the fermentation process of the grapes has completed, is already available and is being praised for its “stable acidity”.
Despite the good quality, drought conditions throughout 2020 mean that yield will not be particularly high. And, while many gastronomy establishments are taking a hit this year due to covid-19 restrictions, the ministry says the winegrowers have been able to adapt, even despite wine festivals being cancelled across the region.
But they equally are “impatiently awaiting the various challenges that lie ahead in autumn: the development of a vintage in which the winegrowers can express their signature and their know-how”.