Ring in the New Year with Made-In-Ontario Ice Wine

If you’ve ever been out in early winter and seen grapes on the vine, you likely were looking at future ice wine — a sweet made-in-Ontario dessert beverage (and more!).

In this festive-themed interview, Lyndsey Smith asks Bill George, past-president of the Ontario Grape Growers, what makes ice wine special, when the ideal time to harvest is, and why the grapes must endure at least -8 degrees C to qualify as ice wine.

Ice wine harvest. Supplied photo.

From there, we also learn about the sweetness level of the drink, why freezing is so important, how it’s harvested, and how best to enjoy it.

 

Lyndsey Smith

Lyndsey Smith is a field editor for RealAgriculture. A self-proclaimed agnerd, Lyndsey is passionate about all things farming but is especially thrilled by agronomy and livestock production.


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