In the Okanagan Valley, the 2013 ice wine harvest is in full swing this week as temperatures dip around the -8 degree (Celsius) mark, the frozen grapes begin dropping like marbles into hoppers throughout the valley, and winery workers sweep the snow off their presses. Here’s some reports from the vineyards.
Sperling Vineyards also reported that their harvesting of Pinot Blanc Ice Wine is moving along nicely, having started at 4am this morning and being 3/4 of the way through as the sun peeked its head.
Nk’Mip Cellars has picked their Riesling Icewine grapes.
Stoneboat Vineyards, who are making Pinotage ice wine (Huzzah!) We’re big perenial fans of their Pinotage), have bene pressing all night long, and tweeted about temperature of -10 degrees celsius as the sun came up.
Meanwhile, according to winemaker Sandra Oldfield, Tinhorn Creek, a little further south near the town of Oliver, is waiting (their bins already ready to go in the vineyards) until tonight as temps didn’t fall low enough last night.
For more information on ice wine, snag up Icewine: The Complete Story, penned by BC’s own John Schreiner.