In most wine producing regions, winter is a time for rest. Once harvest is completed, the vines lose their leaves and go into dormancy. Cellars are full of wines resting in tanks or barrel waiting to be bottled. In the vineyard, crews may prune last year’s growth as the grapevines get ready for the new season.
Winter also means Icewine! Although winter is a time for rest for most wineries in BC, some ten to 25 wineries each year produce the liquid gold known as Icewine. To make this renowned treat, vintners must wait until the temperatures plunge below -8°C (17.6°F) before they can harvest the frozen grapes. This can happen any time from November to February.