With temperatures now reaching -8 below Celsius the harvesting of grapes used in the production of Niagara’s famous Icewines has begun.

Niagara is recognized as a leading producer of internationally acclaimed icewines.

Icewine is produced after grapes have been left on the vine until a sustained temperature of minus 8 degrees or less is reached. This happened this past weekend.

Six hours is needed to mechanically pick these grapes producing a small amount of concentrated juice that eventually becomes the very popular sweet drink that so many enjoy.

In recognition of Icewine the Niagara Icewine Festival (www.niagaraicewinefestival.com) begins Friday, January 9th with various celebrations and tastings of the delicacy.