Icewine In Pictures
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- 1. Klaus Reif is a 13th generation winemaker. The Reif family has been making wine for over 300 years.
- 2. Klaus Reif is the only winemaker in the world who makes Icewine on two continents: North America (Icewine) and Europe (Eiswein)
- 3. The Niagara Escarpment below Niagara Falls creates a micro climate perfect for cold weather viticulture.
- 4. Reif Estate Winery makes fabulous traditional wines, like Riesling, Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay and Meritage as well as Icewines
- 5. While many grapes are harvested in September, Icewine grapes are left on the vine until the perfect conditions for Icewine, usually well into January.
- 6. The natural freezing and thawing creates the complex flavours that only nature can give to the grape
- 7. Ice can be friend or foe to the winter harvest. Icewine grapes are a farmers biggest gamble
- 8. Netting keeps birds and other hazards away while the grapes earn their terroir
- 9. When the grape freezes, the water in the grape turns to ice. When it is crushed, a richer, sweeter juice is extracted, leaving the ice crystals in the crusher
- 10. Sometimes grapes are harvested by hand and sometimes by machine. Even in a snowstorm, it is important to pick when the grapes are ready!
- 11. Harvest continues through the night and into the early morning harvest, while the moisture in the grapes is still frozen
- 12. When the grape freezes, the water in the grape turns to ice. When it is crushed, a richer, sweeter juice is extracted, leaving the ice crystals in the crusher
- 13. Icewine Grapes must be crushed while still frozen to separate the ice crystals from the very sweet juice (typically between 32 and 42 brix)
- 14. Klaus Reif samples the juice in the dark and early hours of the cold morning. By law, harvesting must only take place between 11pm and 11am.
- 15. The Icewine Festival is held in Niagara every January. Icewine Martinis are made in a luge that has been sculpted out of ice.
- 16. It takes 6-10 times more grapes to make a litre of Icewine than a table wine. The massive presses are only used during harvest, perhaps 5 days per year
- 17. In 1989 Robert M Parker called Klaus Reifs Icewine One of the top 10 dessert wines in the world! Klaus has been improving each vintage ever since!
- 18. VinoCanada Box 1727, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario Canada L0S 1J0 Phil Cheevers 905-321-2291 [email_address] WWW.vinocanada.com Fine Canadian Wines For Export