The History and Story of Ice Wine
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The History and Story of Ice Wine

Visit Us on the Web - Click Here Some historical references suggest that frozen grapes were used to make wine in the Roman Empire.  Members of the Roman aristocracy recommended that grapes be left on the vine until November or until they were stiff with frost.  The modern result of harvesting grapes post frost is ice wine.  When the grapes freeze during the first frost, the sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze, only the water does.  This phenomenon results in a more concentrated grape and a very sweet wine.  Don’t be fooled by the name, ice wines have gained their name from the grapes being frozen while they are still on the vine, not from the freezing of the wine after the fermentation process.  In some extreme cases, ice wine harvests do not occur until after the New Year.  Producing ice wine is labor-intensive and can be risky which results in relatively small amounts of wine being produced and greater expense for the wine.  The world’s largest producers of ice wines are currently Canada and Germany. Share this Post on Facebook by Clicking Below: