Icewine Harvest begins at Henry of Pelham
St. Catharines, Ontario (January 4, 2016) The Icewine harvest officially started in Niagara at 7am this morning. Picking began at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery as temperatures dropped below -8° Celsius, the audited temperature for VQA rules. Riesling Icewine is picked first because the skins of the grapes are very thin so the fruit needs to come off the vine as soon as possible.
“This cold snap is only supposed to last until tomorrow morning before the weather warms up,” said Matthew Speck Co-Owner and Viticulturist, Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. “We are trying to get everything done in one shot. It’s a race against Mother Nature.”
“The quality of the fruit is fantastic,” said Sandrine Bourcier, Winemaker, Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. “We will have riper flavours of apricot and peach lending a jammy profile.”
“Our largest market outside of Canada is China followed by Japan and the U.S,” said Paul Speck, President,
Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery.
This vintage will be available in wine stores worldwide in the fall of 2016. Icewine is enjoyed as a dessert or in cocktails such as Icewine Cosmopolitans. Henry of Pelham has been making award-winning Icewine since 1989.
About Henry of Pelham
Henry of Pelham is a family owned and operated winery which has won numerous International and Domestic awards for its wines which are available across Canada and throughout the world.
Emily Alonzo, Henry of Pelham
Phone: 905 684 8423