Okanagan wineries are known to make the best Icewines in Canada. With winters are cold enough to meet the strict standards of the VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) for grape growing, wine-making techniques and wine production, Kalala Organic Estate Winery offers one of British Columbia’s largest selections of organic Icewines.
In the Okanagan Valley, while the regular table wine grapes are harvested in September and October while the Icewine grapes left on the vines to continue to ripen. As the weather becomes colder, the sugar concentration of the grapes increases, while the acidity of the fruit decreases. They are then harvested from mid-December to early February, when they are naturally frozen to the ideal temperature. Since the sugar concentration in the fruit is much higher, it takes a temperature of – 8°C or colder in order for it to freeze.
In frozen grapes, the water content is frozen allowing only the intensified sugars and aromas to be released when the grapes are pressed during the Icewine-making process. This produces very intense flavours, a sweet and rich bouquet, and smoothness incomparable to other wines.
It takes an average of 30lbs of grapes to make just one 375ml bottle of Icewine. Nearly ten times the amount of grapes for an average table wine.