Ice Wine Festival

Cold Enough For You?

Making IcewineOther than Nova Scotia ski hill operators hoping to make snow, John and Anne Warner were amongst the few people in Nova Scotia pleased about the cold temperatures last night.

The Warners are the largest producers of Icewine juice in Nova Scotia. From their vineyards on the edge of the north mountain, north of Kentville, their juice is sold to Blomidon Estate Winery, Jost Vineyards, Gaspereau Vineyards and Domaine de Grand Pré.

“With a mild November and December, there is always the worry that the harvest may not happen until well into January, by which time, many of the grapes would have fallen to the ground , reducing the Icewine harvest,” says John Warner. “Most harvests take place over three or four nights, but this year we managed to get everything harvested between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. last night.”