Wine Tour and Icewine Tasting for Two or Four at The Ice House Winery (Up to 53% Off)

Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Identifying different flavour notes in wine is a mark of refinement, like discerning the pedigree of a horse by its taste in jazz. Sip on singular vintages with this Groupon.

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  • $10 for a wine tour and tasting for two (a $20 value)
  • $19 for a wine tour and tasting for four (a $40 value)

Guests explore the winery's fields and vines before heading into the tasting bar for a sample of three premium icewines with a food pairing, a N'icewine slushy for two, and a lesson on the art of blending icewine. Tours run daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through the end of August; starting September 1, tours run daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Ice House Winery

Though most people may picture winemakers among sunny coastal knolls, Jamie Macfarlane can often be found staying up late each December, waiting for the thermometer to hit -8 degrees Celsius. It's at that point—frigid, quiet, dark—that Jamie knows his vidal grapes are ready for harvest. Left to freeze, thaw, and freeze again, the grapes have already matured throughout the season, allowing the robust notes of apricot, peach, butterscotch, and honey to develop under the outer layer of stone-cold skin.

Once the mercury hits -8 degrees, Jamie and his team head out to the vines to handpick the grapes while they're still frozen. They rush them to the winery, press them through the night, and transfer the concentrated must to the fermenting tanks before the sun rises and demands its keg of morning coffee. The Ice House Winery grows vidal, cabernet, and riesling varietals. In the tasting bar at The Ice House Winery, visitors can peer at these batches-in-progress as they lean on a rough-cut support beam or barrel table, listening to Jamie spin yarns about the days when his grapes were still young and in diapers.

The Ice House Winery

Though most people may picture winemakers among sunny coastal knolls, Jamie Macfarlane can often be found staying up late each December, waiting for the thermometer to hit -8 degrees Celsius. It's at that point—frigid, quiet, dark—that Jamie knows his vidal grapes are ready for harvest. Left to freeze, thaw, and freeze again, the grapes have already matured throughout the season, allowing the robust notes of apricot, peach, butterscotch, and honey to develop under the outer layer of stone-cold skin.

Once the mercury hits -8 degrees, Jamie and his team head out to the vines to handpick the grapes while they're still frozen. They rush them to the winery, press them through the night, and transfer the concentrated must to the fermenting tanks before the sun rises and demands its keg of morning coffee. The Ice House Winery grows vidal, Cabernet, and Riesling varietals. In the tasting bar at The Ice House Winery, visitors can peer at these batches-in-progress as they lean on a rough-cut support beam or barrel table, listening to Jamie spin yarns about the days when his grapes were still young and in diapers.

Reviews

Very nice service, interesting wine making story. Worth a visit.

petermv, TripAdvisor, 5/29/12

Tips from Groupon Customers

  • “The people were great especially Jane! Loved it there :) n'ice wine slushies are deeeelish!!”

  • “Very warm welcoming, great insight on ice wine I never knew before.. Wine selection is unique (cannot be find even in lcbo), delicious and with a very reasonable...”

    “Very warm welcoming, great insight on ice wine I never knew before.. Wine selection is unique (cannot be find even in lcbo), delicious and with a very reasonable pricing!!:) it's amazing!”

  • “Great place with wonderful staff !”


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    Niagara-on-the-Lake

    14778 Niagara Pkwy.

    Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L2N 5K1

    905-262-6161

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In a Nutshell

Tasting and lesson on icewines, wines made from grapes that are harvested and pressed while still frozen

The Fine Print

Expires Feb 6th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per group size listed on Groupon. Valid only for option purchased. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Sniff, swirl, and sip the heady juices of the noble grape

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  • Niagara-on-the-Lake

    14778 Niagara Pkwy.

    Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L2N 5K1

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