Visitors to Peller Estates Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, will now enjoy the ultimate Icewine experience in a brand new room designed to mimic the climate involved when harvesting premium VQA Icewine. A fantastic idea!
The 300 sq. ft. igloo-like lounge is maintained at minus 10 degrees Celsius. Guests will don Peller Estates parkas and smart phone compatible gloves before they enter the ice box. The space includes an Ice bar, lounge chair, sculptures, ice block walls and even an ice chandelier. Unique facts about Icewine are etched clearly into the ice walls through a special process involving snow-filled graphics.
“Sampling Peller Estates Icewine in frozen surroundings creates an ideal atmosphere to the occasion and truly engages all 5 senses”, says Tim Coons, Estate Manager at Peller Estates Winery. ‘And it adds an exciting feature to our tours which most visitors will never have experienced’, he adds.
The ice room was built by Iceculture Inc. of Hensall, Ontario, a company that has designed and installed ice lounges around the world. Designer, Heidi Bayley of Iceculture explains – “The ice room is not intended to compete with the ice lounge concept. It is simply a happy ending to an interesting winery tour and a memorable way to enjoy the unique gift of the iconic Canadian Icewine at Peller Estates.”
A team of four put in 100 hours over a period of four days to complete the installation. And at the Iceculture studio, a design and production crew of four worked for three weeks to create the ice components.
For the construction and technically-minded, the ice room was completed with 140, 300lb crystal clear ice blocks, each measuring 40in x 20in x 10in – 60 in the ice walls and 80 for the interior décor. A total of about 30,000 lbs of ice were used in the project.
An interesting feature of the ice room is the way air flow is controlled to reduce the amount of sublimation (shrinkage) of the ice. Air from the evaporators is directed over a false ceiling away from the ice and low velocity fans in the evaporators minimize the amount of air being distributed. This feature also helps to reduce noise inside the room. For safety and to meet building code, steel lintels support the ice over doorways.
The winery is owned by Andrew Pellers Ltd. The company started in Port Moody just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. A Canadian success story. It all began in 1927 when Andrew Peller arrived in Canada from Hungary. He became a successful business man establishing Andrés Wines Ltd in 1961. An offer to purchase a winery and winemaking license in Ontario was accepted in the spring of 1969.
Today Andrew Pellers Ltd's Peller Estate winery along with Sandhill, Trius Winery at Hillebrand, Red Rooster Winery, Calona Vineyards and Thirty Bench Winery among Canada's best known wineries.
At the heart of the winery, lies the Peller Estates Winery Restaurant, where sweeping vineyard views and a warm ambiance make it easy to relax and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. It is here that Winery Chef and CityLine personality Jason Parsons awakens your palate with evolving seasonal menus and Winemaker Katie Dickieson thoughtfully.
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