Canada is recognized as the world’s largest and highest quality producer of Icewine.
Known for sweetness and complexity of flavours, this wine is prized by tourists from the US, Europe and Asia. Canada is one of the world's premier producers of icewines. The number one question asked of this website is "where can I buy icewine?"
Just how good is Canadian Icewine? Recently, Royal DeMaria Chardonnay Icewine was sold for $30,000 and that was for a half-litre. Due to the lower yield of grapes and the difficulty of processing, Icewines are more expensive than table wines. The high sugar levels lead to a slower than normal fermentation. They are often sold in half-bottles(375 ml). The average price is $45.00 - $60.00 per bottle.
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Pillitteri Estates, Inniskillin, Pelee Island, Peller Estates, Reif Estate Winery, Henry of Pelham and Magnotta Winery these are the top producing icewine makers on a gobal scale as of May 2018.
Located on the Niagara Peninsula, Inniskillin co-founders Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser played a major role in making Icewine synonymous with Canada. The winery began producing icewine in 1983. In 1991, they won one of the world's most distinguished wine awards: Le Grand Prix d'Honneur Vinexpo, Bordeaux for their 1987 Icewine.
“The immense mouth feel and sensation when savouring them makes them a heavenly memory. It is our soil and climate that allows us to seduce the world with this wine.” Karl Kaiser, Winemaker.
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~ Reif Estates
Also located on the Niagara Peninsula of Ontario, winemaker Klaus Reif began working with Icewine in the early 1980's. Noted wine critic Robert M. Parker rated their 1987 icewine among the best wines he had ever tasted. The demand for icewines surged and the winery went from producing 1,300 liters to 20,000 in 1998. Reif's Vidal icewine is produced from a 27-year-old vineyard block set aside and netted annually for icewine harvesting.
Among their numerous awards is: Challenge International du Vin Competition, 2001 Gold Medal - 1999 Vidal Icewine VQA, Olympiads du Vin Competition. This elite competition is open to only the gold medal winners at the Challenge International du Vin.
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~ Pillitteri Estates
In 1988, Gary Pillitteri, as an amateur winemaker won a gold medal for his icewine. He opened his winery
in 1993 and
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~ Peller Estates
Part of the Andrés group of wineries, the Peller estates is located just outside of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Their wines have captured numerous gold medals in competitions around the world. Their 2004 vintage was sensational. In British Columbia, they produce Trinity Icewine Vidal Blanc (62%), Riesling (27%) and Ehrenfelser (11%).
Icewine is a rare gift from a magical Canadian winter. Picked at the coldest moment of a winter's night, each frozen grape creates just one drop of Icewine. One smooth rich, luxurious drop.
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~ Pelee Island Winery
Located on Pelee Island of Lake Erie, Peller Estates is one of Canada's first Icewine producers and were the first to net their vines for Icewine. They made Canada's first red Icewine from Lemberger. Their 2004 Vidal Icewine won Gold at every major competition.
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~ Ziraldo Estate Winery
Although the winery is new (2010) the name is not Donal Ziraldo is co founder of Inniskillin wines. He has returned to produce Reisling Icewine in Niagara on the lake. His current vineyard is the Originl site of Inniskillin.
~ Equifera Estate Winery
~ Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Located in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, this organic winery claims to be Canada's most visited. Stephen Cipes began making Riesling Icewine in 1992. At one time, his Pinot Noir Icewine was Canada's most expensive. This winery's Zweigelt Icewine has an even higher price. For more on SummerHill, In 2017 Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s 2014 Chardonnay Icewine came in first place, out of 700 bottles of wine, at the Chardonnay du Monde competition.
~ NK'Mip This Osoyoos based winery need perfect weather conditions to produce icewine. Their 2016 Riesling Icewine won 2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition
~ Upper Bench Produces Whistler Icewines
Did you know? Riesling and Vidal are the two most common varietals used in making icewine. Others include Cab Franc, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Muscat Ottonel, Kerner, and Gamay.
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Noted wine Author John Schreiner wrote:
Nk'Mip Qwam Qwmt Riesling Icewine 2012 . The wine begins with honeyed aromas of lemon and lime. It delivers flavours of key lime pie and ripe apricots, with an exquisite balance of acidity and natural sugar. The purity of the fruit is exemplary. This is very, very fine. 100.
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