Monday, October 13, 2008

Grape Picking Season in the Okanagan

Autumn is a busy time in the local vineyards as tons of grapes are being gathered and moved to the wineries for processing. A select few acres will be left in the fields in anticipation of freezing temperatures for the production of Ice Wine. Once the grapes have been frozen, the sugars do not freeze but the water does resulting in a smaller amount of a more concentrated very sweet dessert wine. This is a labour intense risky production process and a rather costly end product.


valeria said...

Ice Wine? Interesting! I bet they'll come to the Vinitaly here in Verona, one of the biggest wine exib. in the world, next spring!
You live in such a beautiful place!
Thank you for visiting my Verona DP and leaving a comment!

Greg Dimitriadis said...

Wow, I didn't know they had vineyards in Canada! Thanks for visiting Liege City Daily Photo

jill said...

Ice Wine sounds intriguing. I've never heard of it. The things you learn on CDP!

Jana said...

That is really neat. I have never heard of ice wine before!

Dusty Lens said...

Pretty winery scene! Here in Minnesota, we too have this ice wine. Personally, too sweet for me, but I must admit it is pretty good. I perefer a bold dry red wine.

Alex said...

We love the Okanogan... Especially the Dragon Boat Festival and the vinyards.

We are unable to find dates for the Festival or grape harvest.

Can anyone help?


Alex said...

Got the grape picking info. Thanks

Still need 2009 Dragon Boat Festival dates.


a_comninos said...

Hi there - does anyone know where I can do grape picking for these ice wine grapes?

Links anyone??

Oh - it's September (BTW) and I'm assuming there's picking going on right now, right...?