It’s January 10th, which means that the 2014 Icewine Festival is taking over the Niagara region!
Icewine harvest had an early start this year as the temperature began to dip to below minus 8Es Celsius in late November, with many wineries choosing to harvest in the first two weeks of December.
Icewine harvest varies from year to year as Icewine growers are dependent on Mother Nature, but one thing that remains cool and dependable is the Niagara Icewine Festival! A� This annual celebration turns Niagara into an unforgettable wintery wonderland of frosty, delicious sensations and Icewine-inspired experiences.
The Icewine Festival, a one-of-a-kind celebration, is the best chance to discover and enjoyA�Canada’s liquid gold. For three weeks in January, wine enthusiasts, cocktail fans, and food lovers can choose between events reflecting the authentic and local flavours of Ontario.
“The Icewine Festival in Niagara is one of Wine Country Ontario’s signature celebrations. During this magical time, our wine region is like a winter wonderland where we celebrate something that is quintessentially Canadian,”A�Allan Schmidt, President ofA�VinelandA�Estates Winery and Chair of the Wine Council ofA�OntarioA�for “Wine Country Ontario”.
Events will be hosted throughout the Niagara region and at the outdoor street festivals in the towns ofA�JordanA�Village andA�Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Visitors can admire sparkling ice sculptures, warm up to cozy open fires and enjoy live entertainment.
New this year isA�Niagara-on-the-Lake’sA�’Sparkle & Ice’, the evening ofA�Friday, January 17thA�where Icewinemakers will be sharing their favourite VQA wines paired with Icewine inspired dishes by Signature Kitchen Chefs. Guests will be welcomed with an Icewine Cocktail and a chance to win an authentic Diamond. This year’s annual Icewine Gala onA�January 10thA�is themed the ‘Bacchus Evening of Icewine & Revelry’. Festival activities will take place throughout Twenty Valley’sA�JordanA�Village andA�Niagara-on-the-LakeA�fromA�January 10thA�- 26th, 2014.
Visitors can purchase a Discovery Pass, where guests can choose from over 30 incredible wine and culinary experiences along the Wine Route. Along with an array of Icewine, visitors can also tasteA�Ontario’sA�sensational sparkling wines and delicious VQA red and white wines.
We’ll see you there!
For full details on all Icewine Festival events download the event summaries forA�January 2014:A�Niagara Icewine Festival Release,A�Niagara Icewine Festival Brochure,A�Niagara-on-the-lake Icewine Festival Release,A�Niagara-on-the-Lake Winter in Wine Country BrochureA�andA�Twenty Valley Winter WineFest Release.