Recent plunging temperatures have prompted wineries to begin harvesting for Icewine. Temperatures dipped to -8˚C (17.6˚F), beginning November 28 making the conditions perfect for Icewine harvest. To be called true Icewine, frozen grapes must be harvested at -8˚C (17.6˚F), or below and must reach quality standards including 35 Brix of sugar.
BC’s annual Icewine harvest has arrived just before the holidays, with the cold temperatures prompting wineries in the Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley to start picking grapes early for what can be expected to be a larger vintage than 2015. Icewine harvest began on December 6, 10 days later than last year’s start date … Read more
BC’s annual Icewine harvest got off to a very early start this year, with cold temperatures prompting two wineries to start picking grapes on the second earliest day on record. The earliest harvest on record in BC was November 5, 2003. While this year’s harvest so far has been limited to just two wineries whose … Read more