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The cool Mosel in summer's heat


This is how we Central Europeans are: we like it warm, we love the sun. And the German wine law with its "the more sun, the more Oechsle" principle and the wine advertising try to serve exactly this yearning for maritime warmth and joie de vivre. Nevertheless, even if our collective subconscious is rebelling: thanks to our comparatively cool and wet summers we can enjoy such good wines. Summer heat is of no use to the vines. Riesling achieves the best photosynthesis at a temperature of 27C and when there is cloudy weather. However, why should we be interested, finally we are looking for aromatic grapes rather than sweet ones.