Status: 05.12.2023, 15:30 PM
By: Franziska Kaindl
During the Advent season, mulled wine is once again at the top of Christmas fans' lists as a favourite drink. Ökotest has taken a close look at 24 products.
The anticipation of Christmas is back in full force – and the Christmas markets also contribute to this, where numerous delicacies and hot drinks can be enjoyed. One of the classics in the Advent season is, of course, mulled wine, which exudes a pleasant fragrance with its spices. Supermarkets and discounters also offer a large selection of mulled wines for domestic enjoyment. So it's the perfect time to take a closer look at a few products, as Ökotest thought. The consumer magazine tested and evaluated a total of 24 mulled wines.
Many mulled wines contain pesticides
Ökotest had the 24 selected mulled wines tested for pesticide residues in the laboratory. These can come from grape cultivation, for example. The result: Three-quarters of the products contain at least one trace of pesticides. The mulled wines GWF Winzerglühwein from the Winzergemeinschaft Franken and WVB Glühwein Premium from the winegrowers of Baden were particularly negative, as they even had three different spray poisons. The latter contained particularly questionable pesticides such as iprovalicarb, which is classified as "probably carcinogenic" by the European Chemicals Agency, as well as dimethomorph, which is suspected of having a negative effect on fertility.
13 mulled wines were rated "very good" by Ökotest. © Pond5 Images/Imago
On the other hand, there was no trace of pesticides in the conventional mulled wines Vintersaga Vinglögg and Rotkäppchen mulled wine. The organic mulled wines Hygge Glühwein, Alnatura Glühwein, Heißer Hirsch and Nürnberger Rauschgold Engel Bio-Glühwein were also spray-free.
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How good do the mulled wines taste?
There is no official definition of what a mulled wine should taste like – but there are a few clues that can be used to determine which product has more quality than others. To this end, Ökotest has allowed sensory experts to approach the mulled wines. They found a taste deficit in every second mulled wine: In the case of Grandma's mulled wine stall Grandma's mulled wine from the St. Lorenz winery, for example, the testers complained that the packaging could be tasted. The mulled wine is available in a composite carton. On the other hand, Heil Glühwein and Weineck's Glühwein had aromatisations that were classified as slightly atypical or alien to mulled wine.
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The best mulled wines at Ökotest
A total of 13 mulled wines were rated "very good" by Ökotest. These include organic mulled wines such as Alnatura mulled wine and Heißer Hirsch as well as discount wines such as the premium mulled wine from Aldi Nord or the spicy, aromatic mulled wine from Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd. Some winegrowers' mulled wines, such as the Pfaffmann organic winegrower's mulled wine red, also received the top score.