A woman pours Fiederwäissen at the Institut Viti-vinicole
Photo: Matic Zorman
A popular early sweet wine produced in Luxembourg goes on sale on Thursday, considerably earlier than usual, thanks to the sunny summer.
Fiederwäissen is white wine served before the fermentation process of the grapes is completed. After around 10 days, the mix reaches an alcohol level of around 6%, creating a fruity, cloudy sparkling wine which is sold in local shops.
Wine cooperative Domaines Vinsmoselle explained that this year’s grape harvest began 10 days ago, because of the many hours of long-lasting high temperatures in September. “The many hours of sunshine will have an excellent effect on the 2018 vintage,” it wrote on its website.
Vinsmoselle uses Rivaner grapes for its Fiederwäissen although other varieties are also used in Luxembourg.
Fiederwäissen (feather white) gets its name from the milky, feather-like colour of the drink, which is created by the yeast particles as they ferment the sugar.
Vinsmoselle recommends drinking it at room temperature with walnuts or a good meal.