LUXEMBOURG: A MODERN WINE-GROWING REGION
QUALITY ENHANCEMENT IN THE VINEYARD
The quality in the bottle originates in the vineyards. Knowledge of the natural processes as well as the utmost foliage and soil care are the prerequisites to the production of a premium wine. Pruning is the first step to grape yield regulation. Coordinated soil and foliage work help the vines to grow and mature under optimal conditions through the entire vegetation period. The high point for all vintners is undoubtedly the grape harvest. They broach this last operation with great joy and hope, because they are now going to be rewarded for the many arduous stages during the vegetation period. The grapes are fully ripe, brightly coloured and taste very sweet. If the ripening parameters sugar and acidity correspond to the ideal values, then vinification can get under way.
Modern vinification methods: Once the grape harvest has ended and the wine cellar is well filled, the cellarers and oenologists come into play, to produce full-body wines from the high quality grape material. Modern cellar equipment and a deliberate choice of steel tanks or wood barrels give the wines their final touch.
RESEARCH ON QUALITY ENHANCEMENT
To meet the economic and climatic challenges in wine-making, the government of Luxembourg, the Institut Viti-Vinicole ( IVV ) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology [ LIST ] conduct research projects over several years.