1st Day of Harvest

It’s minus 10 degrees…let the harvest begin!

Ideal conditions have enabled the start of the 2010 Icewine Harvest at Inniskillin Wines in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. By 3pm on Monday, Dec. 13th, the Vidal grapes were clearly frozen on the vine. Harvesting was carried on until midnight. Pressing takes place today and tomorrow.

Winemaker Bruce Nicholson and his team watched closely over the past week as temperatures fluctuated, causing the grapes to reach intense, concentrated fruit aroma and flavour profiles. “I am very pleased that the temperatures reached the desired levels this week” beamed Nicholson. Adding that they have provided “the quality necessary to continue to produce world class Icewines.”

While the majority of Icewine harvest traditionally takes place in January, Mother Nature controls the picking, and the VQA controls the rules.

Monday’s picking of Vidal Icewine took place at the Montague and Woerthle vineyards. The Brae Burn Vineyard, which is located at the winery site, has yet to be harvested, but the next window of opportunity will determine that date.

Inniskillin Icewine has had an extremely successful year, winning gold awards at the major competitions around the world. In Travel Retail, Duty Free Inniskillin Icewine grew 32% in the first half of 2010 and moved into the #2 spot in dollar sales among all wine brands in travel retail (source: Best & Most). Inniskillin now outsells Veuve Clicquot, Piper Heidsieck and Dom Perignon. Watch for the release of the 2010 harvest.

For more information, visit www.inniskillin.com .

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