While most wine grape varietals are harvested in September or October, Icewine grapes are left to hang on the vine until they freeze. In Niagara, grapes are ready for Icewine harvest around early-mid January. Since the juice is rich in sugar, the temperature has to drop well below freezing and stay there long enough for the bunches to be harvested and pressed while still in their frozen state. Canadian wine law states that grapes designated for Icewine cannot be picked until the mercury drops to at least -8°C.
Originally, Canadian Icewine was made from either Vidal or Riesling grapes. Today, we utilize Riesling, Vidal and Cabernet Franc for different varieties of Icewine.
A grape berry contains roughly 80% water and when frozen berries are pressed, the water remains in the skins as shards of ice, allowing only small amounts of juice to flow out. The juice pressed from Icewine grapes is about one-fifth the amount you would get if you pressed unfrozen grapes.
VQA Requirements for Icewine*
- Production must be monitored by a VQA-appointed agent who will stop the harvest once the temperature rises above -8°C.
- It must be produced as a varietal from approved grapes.
- The grapes must be naturally frozen on the vine and harvested and pressed in a continuous process while the air temperature remains at or below -8°C.
- 100 per cent of the grapes must be grown within a viticultural area, which must be indicated on the label.
- The average sugar level of the juice used must reach at least 35° Brix (Brix is the measurement of sugar in grapes) and both the alcohol and residual sugar in the finished wine must result exclusively from the natural sugar of the grapes.
Icewine Cocktails & Recipes
A little Icewine goes a long way, making it perfect for cocktails.
Pomegranate Ice Wine Spritz
Not all Ice Wines are made equal. We’re highlighting the unique tasting notes from this HoP Red Icewine. Made with Sparkling Wine, Tonic Water and a splash of Pomegranate and Grapefruit!
- 1.5 oz Red Icewine
- 1 oz Pomegranate Juice
- 3 oz Sparkling Wine
- 1 oz Tonic Water
- Grapefruit slice for garnish
Fill your glass with ice and grapefruit slice. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.
Combine together in a flute glass. Drop in some raspberries and enjoy.
- 1 ½ oz Vidal Icewine
- 2 oz Pomegranate juice
- 2 oz Ginger ale
- Pomegranate seeds for garnish
In a rocks glass with ice, add Vidal Icewine, pomegranate juice, and ginger ale. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.
- 1 oz Vidal Icewine
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
- ½ oz lemon juice
- Cinnamon stick for garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add Vidal Icewine, vodka, freshly squeezed orange juice, lemon juice and cinnamon stick. Shake sharply and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Rio de Ice
“A play at combining my Brazilian and Canadian roots with this Cachaca Rum and Ice Wine cocktail. Combining Granny Smith Apple, Lime and honey in the most delicious tropical serve. Highlighting the tropical and green apple citrus notes in the HoP Riesling Ice Wine."
- 1.25 oz Cachaca (Avua Plata Cachaca)
- ¾ oz Riesling Icewine
- ¾ oz Lime Juice
- ½ oz Honey Syrup (1:1 honey and water)
- 6 Granny Smith Apple Slices
- 1 Mint Sprig for Garnish
Grab a shaker and muddle 3 of your Apple Slices. Add the rest of the ingredients (except apple slices), add a handful of ice and shake. Strain over crushed ice. Top with remaining 3 apple slices and Mint Sprig, enjoy with friends.
A Canadian in Manhattan
- ½ oz Riesling Icewine
- 1 oz bourbon
- ½ oz maple syrup
- Maraschino cherry for garnish
To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add bourbon, maple syrup, and HoP Icewine. Stir and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
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