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ICEWINE - DESSERT WINES FROM INNISKILLIN

Updated on November 10, 2011

Inniskillin Icewine

Inniskillin Icewine is a delectable type of dessert wine that has been harvested from grapes that have been left to freeze on their vines. These grapes produce a sweetly intense wine with balanced acidity and a long lasting finish. Icewine flavors come ranging from mango to peach to fig to lychee.

Although Icewine's history can be traced to Germany, in the last three decades Canada’s frigid winter months have allowed for the growth of many award-winning ice wine wineries in that country. In particular, Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula and British Columbia’s Okanagan region have helped make Canada the largest ice wine producer in the world. Today, the world’s most well-known ice wine producer is the Niagara region’s Inniskillin Winery.

Harvesting ice wine grapes is very tricky. The grapes much stay on their vines for months after a normal usual harvest takes place, leaving them vulnerable to pests and animals. The grapes are collected only after temperatures consistently drop eight degrees Celsius below zero. The harvest and the pressing process must take place rapidly, since once collected, the grapes must be pressed immediately while they are still frozen. When pressed, the juices of the grapes remain frozen, leaving only a few crystal drops of flavor-packed liquid per grape. Only small amounts of wine can actually be produced by this process, so Inniskillin Ice Wines might be expensive relative to other wines (but they are worth it).

Find out more about Ice Wines with this informative YouTube video...


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    • colonial82 profile image

      colonial82 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      I went there with my wife in August. It was really beautiful winer and I really love the Niagra Falls region. We really loved Niagra-on-the-Lake and will likely go back to stay just in town instead of Niagra Falls.

      Have a great day :)

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      kimmanleyort 

      8 years ago

      We love the Niagara area and especially the Icewine. You did a great job covering Iniskillen's Icewine.

    • oceansnsunsets profile image

      Paula 

      9 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Ooohhh, this makes me want to try some Ice Wine.. :) Very interesting hub, thanks for sharing the information.

    • Greek One profile imageAUTHOR

      Greek One 

      9 years ago

      Thanks Dame,

      But I would caution against drinking too much while walking near Niagara Falls (trust me on this one)

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      Dame Scribe 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful countryside too with all the vineyards in Niagara area, :) great Hub!

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