Wines of Canada
Producing Icewine in Quebec
Weather is a key element in the production of Icewine in Quebec. Snow is the main concern for the winemaker. Unlike the wine regions of British Columbia and Ontario Quebec receive a far greater amount of snow. The snow covers the vines.
If Quebec winemakers were forced to keep the grape bunches on the vines until harvest, they could damage or kill their vines. By cutting the grape bunches from the vines in November, then laying them on nets, they can prune and bury their vines while waiting for the intense cold to hit, then harvest the grapes. Also, some years, there is so much snow that it is almost impossible to work the vines after the harvest.
Quebec icewines may not be as sweet as Ontario's and BC's icewine. The reason for the higher acidities is Quebec's cooler climate, which ripens grapes more slowly. Quebec also allows a bix min of 32 degrees. In BC and Ontario it is 35
Collecting grapes from the Tent
Here is the list of Quebec Wineries producing Ice Wine. Click on the Winery for more information.
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