Niagara Icewine Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary

MISHAE LEE

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 5.54.22 PMJanuary 9 marks the beginning of the Niagara Icewine Festival as it celebrates its 20th anniversary in what has become one of the most celebrated events in the region.

The events kick off on Jan. 9 at the Niagara Fallsview Casino that will play host to the first Icewine Festival that started it all in 1995, the Niagara Icewine Festival Xerox Gala. Wine enthusiasts, foodies, and music lovers unite to experience several Icewine related events, from formals, to outdoor Ice village settings, intimate winery settings, and vineyards covered in a winter wonderland.

New to the festival for 2015 is the Niagara Icewine Festival in Niagara Falls on Jan. 23, 24 and 25. Over 30 wineries will be participating this year including Jackson- Triggs Niagara Estate Winery, Inniskillin Wines, Magnotta Winery and Peller Estates Winery just to scratch the surface of the names attending.

Canada is one of the world’s largest producers of icewine, along with Germany, thanks to our unique soil and chilly Canadian winters, and the Niagara Region is world renowned for its expertise in icewine making.

The process and work that goes into producing this exquisite dessert wine is very precarious as it requires a large enough labour force to pick the entire crop in just a few hours the moment the temperature drops to at least -8°C. The grapes must be immediately pressed after being harvested. The hard work that goes into its production makes it easily one of the most difficult wine to make, with the result of a delectable wine with an intense concentration of sugars, acids, flavours and aromas.

Icewine pairs well with several foods, which is why top chefs from around the province will be providing visitors of the festival with delicious food pairings and ice wine infused recipes.

In order to really enjoy and immerse yourself into the festival, it is suggested that you purchase a discovery pass to tour the wintry vineyards and taste the featured wines of the season. The Discovery Pass is $40 per participant and allows for eight different touring experiences. Experiences are $10 each without a Discovery Pass unless otherwise stated. Designated drivers can also purchase a driver’s pass and indulge in the savoury culinary offerings on the tours.

No matter your taste, the Niagara Icewine Festival is sure to delight your palette with numerous events to choose from. This distinctive Canadian wine experience is not a festival you want to miss

For more information on festival events and times visit niagarawinefestival.ca

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