The harvesting of Niagara’s “liquid gold in a bottle” has begun early this year due to the extremely cold temperatures we are currently experiencing in Niagara.
Vineyard Estates Winery is one of the first to begin picking Vidal Icewine grapes this year.
By VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) rules for icewines, temperatures have to fall to -8C or below, before icewine grapes can be picked and pressed.
Records indicate the earliest time icewine grapes were picked in Ontario was November 22 in 2008.
Grape growers are excited about the early picking of grapes because a good crop of icewine means growers will be able to meet the growing international demand for this Niagara product. For more information on Niagara Wines