The fact that Ontario's Niagara Region produces some of the world's finest wines is well known to Canadians. Outside the country, it's one of Canada's best kept secrets.
The Icewine Festival in picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake aims to change this. 28 of the area's wineries have come together to create one of the Niagara Region's most unique winter special events. It's ideal for corporate events and downtime during conferences and business meetings.
Icewine Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario @NiagaraWine
Main street in Niagara-on-the-Lake, which is always a storybook setting, is transformed into the Icewine Village, a winter wonderland. As Canadian jazz plays in the background, the liquid gold flows.
Signature Kitchen Chefs will tickle your taste buds with gourmet delights inspired by Icewine. Watch shimmering ice sculptures take shape as artists transform ice blocks into stunning artistic creations.
The Icewine Festival, which takes places throughout the month of January, includes tastings with ice wine parings, dinners, an ice wine cocktail competition, and even the Winemakers on Ice: Outdoor Hockey Classic in which Niagara-on-the-Lake vintners shoot it out on the outdoor rink at Ravine.
What is Icewine?
It is the delectable dew created when frozen grapes are hand picked after temperatures fall to -8° C (or below). They are immediately pressed to release a single drop of the yellow-gold nectar. Wine connoisseurs will tell you that ice wine has a high acidity and a high concentration of natural sugars. It's an excellent dessert wine. To add a unique touch to special events, serve Icewine martinis. As an aperitif, it pares nicely with blue cheese, pate and foie gras. When served with the entree, it compliments spicy cuisine perfectly.
What's On - Other Niagara-on-the Lake Wine Events
- Stocking Days of Christmas Special Events Throughout December
Visitors are strongly encouraged to visit the website to find out exactly which events and wine offers each winery is hosting.
Touring Pass Events
- Days of Wine & Chocolate Weekends in February
- Wine & Herb Weekends in May
- Taste the Season Weekends in November
Photo Credit: Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake
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