World Class Icewines

"To Inniskillin goes the credit of creating the international market for Canadian Icewine."

Tony Aspler, Author, The Wine Atlas of Canada, Random House Canada, 2006

Though Icewine's roots can be traced to centuries old German winemakers, there is nothing more quintessentially Canadian than this luscious luxury borne of patience and sub zero bravura. Grapes are left on the vine well into the winter months to concentrate and intensify the flavours, as water content freezes, thaws and dehydrates in each precious Icewine grape.

Made in the Niagara Peninsula

Ideally suited to the Canadian winter season in both the Niagara Peninsula and the Okanagan Valley, the magical process of crafting Icewine is guided by nature — triggered by the snap of the wintry elements, the harvest can't begin until temperatures drop below minus eight degrees Celsius for a sustained period of time. Inniskillin  produced its first Icewine in 1984 with harvest dates ranging as early as Dec. 2nd and as late as March 5th! There are rigorous specifications regulating the making of Icewine set out by Canada 's quality control and appellation of origin system, the VQA (Vintner's Quality Alliance). Artificial freezing of the grapes is strictly prohibited.

Extreme Winemaking

Once the extreme temperatures arrive, which is often in the dead of night, the harvest of the naturally frozen clusters begins. The precious grapes are then pressed in the extreme cold to extract the luscious nectar. In this process, the water content in each grape which is about 80% remains frozen as ice crystals. These crystals will remain inside the grape during pressing puncturing the skin for added flavours. The resulting juice is highly concentrated and rich.  Icewine yields are a mere 10-15% of an average table wine harvest. Slowly fermented over the coming months, this delicate nectar will eventually become Icewine.

Intense Flavours, Pure Varietal Character and Great Balance

The finished Icewine is intense and concentrated with the natural sugars balanced with the natural acidities creating a unique sensation on the palate of a surprisingly dry finish. Renowned for its layers of tropical and citrus fruit flavours and aromas ranging from mango to peach to lemon to lychees, Icewine is truly a natural wonder and extreme winemaking at its best.  Icewine styles range from non oaked to slightly oaked to Sparkling.

Inniskillin is the World Leader in Icewine

Inniskillin Icewine is well renowned as the world leader in Icewine. It is sold in over 74 countries and is the #1 distributed wine in Global Travel Retail.  It can be found around the world on the wine lists of famous restaurants and hotels, in collector’s cellars and on many major airlines.

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Inniskillin Icewine Harvest Dates

Niagara
2013 December 14, 2013 Woethle Vineyard
2012 Jan. 22, Worthle and Brae Burn Vineyards
2011 Jan. 2, 3rd, 2012 Woerthle, Montague and Brae Burn Vineyards.
2010 Dec. 13th, 2010 Montague and Woerthle Vineyards.
2009 Jan. 29th-Feb 1st , 2010 Brae Burn Vineyard
2008 Beginning December 8, 2008
completed January 14, 2009
2007 January 20, 21
2007 January 3rd, 2008, Koop Vineyard and Brae Burn Vineyard
2006 January 16th, 21st, 28thcompleted January 31st, 2007.
2005 December 13, 14, 21, 2005; January 15 – 16, 2006.
2004 December 19, 27, 2004; January 17th, completed January 21, 2005.
2003 January 6/7, 2004 - Koop & Seeger Vineyards January 7/8, 2004 - Braeburn Estate
2002 Dec 2 -5,8-11,16-18, 2002 and Jan 7 and 21, 2003
2001 December 27th, 2001 to March 5th, 2002
2000 December 13, 2000* *Initial picking
1999 January 13, 2000
1998 December 22/98 & Jan. 1 – 12/99
1997

December 31, 1997
February 15, 1998

1996 December 20, 31, 1996 January 1, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 1997
1995 December 11-13, 1995
1994 December 13-14, 1994
1993 December 26-31, 1993
1992 December 26, 1992
1991 December 5,18, 1991
1990 January 4,8 1991
1989 December 6, 1989
1988 February 4, 1989
1987 January 5, 1988
1986 January 23, 1987
1985 December 15, 1985
1984 January 8, 1985
1983 No harvest, the crop was destroyed by birds
 
Okanagan
2013 Nov. 21, 22 Whitetail Vineyard
2012 Jan. 12 and 14, Dark Horse and Whittail Vineyards
2011 January 12, 2012 Whitetail Vineyard
2010 No harvest.
2009 No harvest.
2008 December 15, 2008 - Dark Horse Vineyard, Plut Vineyard, Serwo Vineyard and Whitetail Vineyard
2007 January 1st, 2008, Dark Horse Vineyard, Plut Vineyard
2006 November 28, 2006, Dark Horse Vineyard and Plut Vineyard, Osoyoos
2005 Dec. 6th, 2005 Dark Horse Vineyard and Dec. 6,7 Plut Vineyard, Osoyoos
2004 January 5, ;2005 - Plut Vyd.; January 3/4th, 2005 Dark Horse Vineyards
2003 January 3, 2004
2002 February 18, 2003
2001 January 29, 2002
2000 December 11, 12, 2000
1999 January 19/20/00
1998 December 19, 20, 1998
1997 January 9, 1998
1996 December 27, 30, 1996
1995 December 7, 1995

 

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