About Ice Wine

About Ice Wine
Ice Wine is a dessert wine that is made from frozen grapes that are harvested very late, anywhere from December to early March. At peak, these frozen grapes have at harvest, a water content in which 80% remains as frozen crystals. Fermentation takes months to complete.

Ice wine is made from white and red grapes, primarily Riesling as well as Vidal, while Cabernet Franc is the leading red variety. Most examples of ice wine are still, but there are also sparkling versions produced.

Canada is a major producer of Ice Wine, most notably in the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Residual sugar is quite high (about 150 grams per liter, similar to Sauternes from France), but since the acidity is usually high, ice wines do not taste overly sweet.

Ideal consumption time is from eight to ten years; these are best enjoyed on their own or with blue cheeses.

Top Picks for Ice Wine

Weis Vineyards 2019 Ice Wine Riesling
95 points
$59
A bright and juicy ice wine with mouthwatering acidity for spicy foods or cocktails.
Awards: 2022 Best Ice Wine
Weis Vineyards 2017 Ice Wine Riesling
94 points
$59
A delicious, spot-on ice wine with great flavor, balance, and intensity; will be excellent with cheese plates.
Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown Ice Wine Chambourcin
94 points
$49
An outstanding expression of Chambourcin; this is a great wine to let the grape's best characters shine.
Awards: 2021 Best Ice Wine
Tomasello 2020 Epilogue Ice Wine Riesling
90 points
$35
A velvety and delicious ice wine that will rule with desserts and cheeses.
Jessie Creek 2020 Ice Queen New Jersey
87 points
$25
An herbaceous Ice Wine with a lovely, rounded texture.
Weis Vineyards 2017 Winzer Select Finger Lakes
87 points
$89
A sweet, fruity ice wine that delivers rich notes of apples and honey.
Frost Bitten 2020 Ice Riesling Horse Heaven Hills
84 points
$14
A sturdy sweet wine for cheeses and nuts.