Ice Wine Festival
Jan. 25, 2020, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Each January Ice Wine Festival celebrates the unique ability to grow, harvest & produce one of the rarest products in the wine industry, Ice Wine!
There are only a few regions in the world with suitable climates for Ice Wine. The summer must be warm enough for the grapes to fully ripen, and the winter cold enough to allow the grapes to freeze naturally on the vine. Freezing well below the standard 32º of water due to their 20-25% sugar content, grapes require sustained temperatures between 15º-19º to freeze properly. After a labor-intensive (and cold!) hand harvest, the grapes must be pressed immediately to ensure they don't thaw out. With the majority of the water in the grapes frozen during the press, the juice yielded is close to 40% sugar! This highly viscous, very sweet juice is then fermented to produce the Ice Wine we all know and love.