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2014 Niagara Ice Wine Festival

Niagara Icewine Festival 2014

Bundle up and get out to enjoy the 19th annual Niagara Icewine Festival! With three weekends of events and tastings including the Xerox Icewine Gala, outdoor Icewine celebrations in Twenty Valley and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Wine and Cheese Seminars and the ever-popular Discovery Pass program and more! Join us this January as the Niagara Region celebrates winter like nowhere else in North America!

Attend the Icewine Gala on Friday January 10th from 8:00 until 11:00 pm. Enjoy a beautiful evening of Niagara cuisine, live entertainment and Niagara’s internationally acclaimed VQA Icewine and table wines. Tickets for this event can be purchased here.

Enjoy three weekends (January 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 & 26) of Icewine tastings and events. A list of the participating wineries and the food wine pairing they offer can be found on the Program of Events here. Each winery offers a tasting for around $10 each. If you plan on visiting more than few wineries, we would recommend to purchase a Discovery Pass, where for $40 you can sample 8 food/wine pairings at participating wineries.  Also, some wineries are offering activities like skating and winery tours, and other food & wine pairings that not part of the Discovery Pass tasting.  Also, the “Driver’s Discovery Pass” is available for designated drivers where you can enjoy a mocktail and food pairing. Both the types of Discovery Passes can be purchased here.

Twenty Valley’s Winter WineFest will be held Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 12pm-7pm at 3836 Main Street in Jordan Village. Tokens are available for purchase at $3.25 tax included. Come and meet Food Network’s Chef Danny Smiles and Chef Chuck Hughes perform daily cooking demos. Free live music will be performed by Hollerado and Treble Charger. Stay into the evening and enjoy the Steam Whistle After Party which is being held in the barrel cellar of the Historic Cave Spring Cellars and features live music, appetizers and beer from Steam Whistle and wine from Cave Spring Cellars. Attend the Icewine Brunch in the Windows Room of On the Twenty Restaurant on Sunday morning and enjoy a three course brunch featuring an Icewine inspired menu created by host and chef, Chuck Hughes. Limited tickets are available.

Join the wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake for their Icewine Events. Sparkle and Ice is being held on January 17th from 8:00 until 11:00 pm in Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Courthouse. Tickets are available $95 per person and available for purchase at or call 905.468.1950. The Icewine Village will be set up on Queen Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake on January 18th from 11 to 5 and on January 19th from 12 until 5. Stay into the evening of the 18th to experience the Flash & Panache Icewine Cocktail Competition.

Want to know more about Icewines? Attend a tasting with Icewine winemakers. These tastings are being held at various wineries shown below. To book a ticket, call the hosting winery, cost is $25.


Saturday, January 11th, 2 pm at Reif Estate Winery 905.468.9463
Saturday, January 18th, 11 am at Trius Winery at Hillebrand 1.800.582.8412Saturday, January 18th, 2 pm at Stratus Vineyards 905.468.1806
Saturday, January 25th, 11 am at Niagara College Teaching Winery 905.641.2252
Saturday, January 25th, 2 pm at Peller Estates Winery 1.888.673.5537

We hope that you enjoy this years Icewine Festival. Follow Gourmet Ontario on Twitter at @NiagaraVQA, or our corresponding bloggers @GourmetDonna @ScottBMOFS for our comments and updates, and join us on Facebook to share photos and stories of the festival.


***As of this afternoon, this announcement came from Niagara Wine Festivals.***



Due to unforeseen circumstances, the opening of the Mike Weir Winery visitors centre has been delayed and will not be open to the public during the 2014 Niagara Icewine Festival. We apologize for any disruption this may cause to your Discovery Pass route plans and look forward to welcoming you to the winery later this year!

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