Icewine is a type of dessert wine that is made from grapes that have been left to freeze on the vine. It is a specialty of Canada, particularly the Niagara region, but it is also produced in other cold climate regions such as Germany, Austria, and upstate New York.
The process of making icewine is labour-intensive and requires careful timing. In order to produce icewine, the grapes must be left on the vine until they are frozen solid, which usually occurs in late November or early December. The grapes are then picked by hand and pressed while still frozen, resulting in a concentrated juice with a high sugar content. The juice is then fermented slowly, often over several months, to produce the finished icewine.
Icewine has a rich, sweet flavour and a viscosity similar to honey. It is typically served chilled and is often paired with desserts or cheese.
Icewine is typically made from white grape varieties such as Riesling and Vidal, but it can also be made from red grapes such as Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Icewine is a specialty wine, often described as the amber nectar of the wine world. It is typically served chilled and best enjoyed in small quantities due to its intense sweetness. Be sure to serve in small glasses.
Icewine is a delicious type of dessert wine that is well worth trying for the unique experience.