Icewine

Reif Estate Winery has a rich history in Icewine production as a pioneer with our first vintage of Vidal Icewine produced in 1984. This 10 acre vineyard block on our 125 acre estate is still used today to produce our internationally acclaimed Vidal Icewine.

The grapes for Icewine are picked in winter at temperatures of at least -8˚C so that only the highly concentrated juice is pressed from the frozen berries, leaving behind the icy water crystals. The result of these unique climatic conditions is a deliciously sweet wine with exceptional high concentration of sugars, acids and extracts from the grapes with intense flavours and aromas. Although Icewine was first produced in Germany in 1794 Canada is now the largest and best producer of Icewine.

Reif Estate Winery has enjoyed international acclaim for their Icewines for over 20 years. In 1987 our Vidal Icewine was named by renowned Wine Critic, Robert Parker Jr., as one of the year's Top Ten Wines. Since 1984 Reif's Icewines have received over 100 Gold Awards.

Award highlights include:
  • Gold Medal at Vin Expo in Bordeaux
  • Best Icewine Trophy at the International Wine Awards
  • Gold at the Japan Wine Challenge
  • Grand Gold at VinItaly
  • Wine of the Year at the Ontario Wine Awards
  • Best Sweet Wine Trophy at Cuvée Wine Awards

Entertaining with Icewine

Icewine is best served chilled to approximately 6 °C or 43° F and is traditionally served in a smaller dessert wine glass but can be enjoyed in a white wine glass; both will showcase all of its wonderful aromas. Unopened Icewine can be cellared up to 20 years in a consistent and cool location (55-65 °F or 12-18 °C). Once opened Icewine will last for three to five weeks, due to the high sugar content, if sealed and stored in the refrigerator.

Icewine pairs well with almost any dessert or can be poured on fresh berries or ice cream for the perfect treat. It can also be savoured on its own or appreciated with fine blue cheese. Icewine can also be used to transform your favourite cocktail from the ordinary to extraordinary.

Icewine Martini
  • 1.5 oz Reif Estate Vidal Icewine
  • 1.5oz vodka | Add ice and stir
  • Garnish with a frozen grape
  • Optional: Rim the glass with sugar
Icewine Royale
  • 1 oz Reif Estate Cabernet Franc Icewine
  • 3 oz sparkling wine
  • Garnish with strawberry