It’s back! The 22nd Annual Niagara Icewine Festival will be underway from January 13th-29th, 2017. For three weekends in January (13th-15th, 20th-22nd & 27th-29th), you have the opportunity to taste this Ontario specialty made from grapes left to freeze naturally on the vine. The Niagara Region is recognized as producing some of the world’s finest icewine, and now is your chance to try it out during the Niagara Icewine Festival.
What does it taste like?
Icewine is an ultra-rich flavoured wine, boasting rich aromas and flavours of ripe tropical fruits, made from the intense liquid of naturally frozen grapes. All varieties are sweet, making it a “dessert” wine. Icewine was traditionally rooted in Austria and Germany (locally known as “eiswein“); however, Canada has got the current claim to ice wine-making fame, with the majority of the market’s ice wine offerings coming from British Columbia and Ontario. The wines are chilled and also go perfectly paired with rich flavoured food (such as aged blue cheese). Add a splash of icewine to sparkling wine or cocktails to enhance the flavour.
About the Niagara Icewine Festival:
Once again, the Niagara Icewine Festival will feature the Discovery Pass. For $40 (plus HST) you will be able to tour the wintry wine route and enjoy eight award-winning wines and food pairings throughout all three weekends of the Niagara Icewine Festival.
To ensure that all designated drivers are having a good time as well, the Festival is offering the Driver’s Discovery Pass. Enjoy eight non-alcoholic winery experiences throughout the Festival for just $30 (plus HST).
Click here for a list of all the Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries and Twenty Valley wineries featured during this event.
Kick-off the Niagara Icewine Festival!
There is no better way to celebrate the arrival of the Festival with a gala!
This evening showcases wines from 35 Niagara wineries, and features Canada’s largest tasting of internationally acclaimed VQA Icewines and table wines. Combined with the best of Niagara cuisine prepared by Fallsview Casino’s top chefs as well as live entertainment, this is an unforgettable evening!
Experience Canada’s largest tasting of internationally acclaimed VQA wines for $185+HST.
Buy your Xerox Icewine Gala tickets here.
*Formal Attire Only*
Niagara Icewine Festival at the Scotiabank Convention Centre
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 – 2pm – 5pm and 7pm – 10pm
Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 – 2pm – 5pm
This spectacular event will take place both indoors & outdoors at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, just steps away from the magnificent Niagara Falls.
Enjoy an outdoor winter wonderland featuring fire pits, icewine marshmallows, amazing ice sculptures and signature icewine bars. There will also be live entertainment daily for your enjoyment throughout the festival.
Step inside the glass doors to sip, sample & savour seasonal vintages and delicious culinary creations.
Over 20 of Niagara’s best wineries will highlight award-winning icewines and sparkling wines that will pair perfectly with the savoury dishes created by 10 of Niagara’s best restaurants & culinary masters.
Click here if you wish to purchase tickets online.
The beginning of the Niagara Icewine Festival runs alongside another popular Niagara Falls festival — the Ontario Power Generation’s Winter Festival of Lights!
The Winter Festival of Lights runs until January 31st, 2017 and is within easy access to the Scotiabank Convention Centre for the Niagara Icewine Festival and is located along the Niagara Parkway, the Fallsview District, and Clifton Hill — where all the family fun magic happens! There is no better way to visit Winter in the Niagara Region than to experience both the countryside wineries and the excitement of Niagara’s best attractions.
Click here for a list of Niagara Falls Hotels to choose from.
For more information on the Niagara Icewine Festival please visit them online at www.niagarawinefestival.com