January is Ice Wine Harvest Time in Niagara

Niagara Ice Wines

If you’re a wine lover, then you get excited whenever the temperature drops in Niagara. Grape growers and wineries pay close attention to the weather during the month of January, looking for the best time to pick grapes frozen on the vine. Ice Wines have strict compliance standards so farmers must ensure that grapes are left on the vine until a sustained temperature of -8°C or lower is reached. The temperature is key, forcing a dehydration of the grape that icy concentrates the juices giving them the delicious sweet taste that is so characteristic of Icewine

Harvesting Ice Wine

Harvesting grapes during the exact right temperature is an essential part of the quality of Ice Wine. Many grape growers will harvest all night long to ensure that temperatures don’t climb during the picking process. This extraordinary process concentrates the sugars, acids, and extracts in the berries, thereby intensifying the flavours and giving icewine its tremendous taste. The intense sweetness combined with the grapes natural acidity makes Ice Wine the perfect drink to combine with desserts, savoury foods such as cheese, or on enjoyed on its own.

Niagara Ice Wine Festival

In Niagara, we celebrate the winter harvest with an Ice Wine Festival that runs from January 13th to the 29th. A discovery pass can be purchased to visit all the major wineries in the Region. The Scotiabank Convention Centre is host to the Niagara Falls Ice Wine festival that runs all weekend long, from the 27th to the 29th.

Skylon Wine Menu

When dining at the Skylon Tower, be sure to try our 2014 Vidal Icewine, from Château des Charmes listed on our menu. The 2014 Château des Charmes Vidal Icewine has sweet aromas of pear, apricot and honey on the nose and lemon, pear and honey on the palate. It is a full bodied, sweet, fruity wine; with good acidity and a medium to long finish. The Skylon Tower Revolving Dining Room has a wonderful selection of Niagara VQA wines to choose from for those who want to taste the wines Niagara has become famous for.

Bon appétit!

Skylon Tower
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

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