Countdown for Icewine starts in Wine Country Ontario.

Video: Twenty Valley Winter WineFest

Video: Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival

Video: Niagara Icewine Festival and Gala

Enjoying Icewine at the Festival (CNW Group/Wine Country Ontario)

Roasting Icewine Marshmallows in January (CNW Group/Wine Country Ontario)

Winemakers Barrelroll at the Street Festival (CNW Group/Wine Country Ontario)

NIAGARA, ON, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario winemakers have started to wait patiently for temperatures to reach a minimum of minus 8˚ Celsius; just right for the winter harvest of one of Canada's most cherished products, Ontario Icewine. While the harvest date of Icewine changes every year, the time for its biggest celebration is always the same. Wine Country Ontario is home to Niagara's annual Icewine Festival and every January, the region turns into a wintry wonderland of Icewine sensations and unforgettable Icewine-inspired experiences.

Unique in the wine world, the Icewine Festival is a time when consumers have the best opportunity to discover and enjoy the delicious and luscious sensations of Icewine. For three weeks in January, wine enthusiasts, cocktail fans, foodies and music lovers can all choose from a collection of Icewine related events reflecting the authentic and local flavours of Ontario.

Events will be hosted throughout the Niagara region and at the outdoor street festivals in the towns of Jordan Village and Niagara-on-the-Lake where visitors can admire sparkling ice sculptures, warm up to cozy open fires and enjoy live entertainment. This year's annual Icewine Gala is themed the "Ice Queen's Ball' and new festival additions include a family skating rink in Twenty Valley's Jordan village and the Shop, Sip, Savour and Sample event in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Guests can also purchase a Discovery Pass, where visitors can choose from over 30 incredible wine and culinary experiences along the Wine Route. And while Icewine is the focus of this annual celebration, visitors can also taste Ontario's excellent sparkling wines and sensational VQA red and white wines.

For full details on all Icewine Festival events download the following press releases and event summaries for January 2013: Niagara Icewine Festival Release, Niagara Icewine Festival Brochure, Niagara-on-the-lake Icewine Festival Release, Winter in Niagara-on-the-lake Wine Country Brochure, and Twenty Valley Winter WineFest Release.

You can also visit www.niagaraicewinefestival.com, www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com, www.niagaraonthelake.com, www.twentyvalley.ca and www.winecountryontario.ca .

For information on Icewine facts visit the Wine Country Ontario media centre for the Story on Icewine www.winecountryontario.ca/media-centre/about-icewine.

Quotes

"Niagara's Icewine Festival is a signature Wine Country Ontario celebration that offers travelers a unique wine and culinary experience that is truly Canadian. A visit to our wine region during this time promises to be both exciting and memorable"

Ed Madronich, proprietor of Flat Rock Cellars and Chair of the Wine Council of Ontario for "Wine Country Ontario".

Video with caption: "Video: Twenty Valley Winter WineFest". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20121204_C5634_VIDEO_EN_21499.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20121204_C5634_PHOTO_EN_21499.jpg&clientName=Wine%20Country%20Ontario&caption=Video%3A%20Twenty%20Valley%20Winter%20WineFest&title=WINE%20COUNTRY%20ONTARIO%20%2D%20Countdown%20for%20Icewine%20starts%20in%20Wine%20Country%20Ontario%2E&headline=Countdown%20for%20Icewine%20starts%20in%20Wine%20Country%20Ontario%2E

Video with caption: "Video: Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20121204_C5634_VIDEO_EN_21500.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20121204_C5634_PHOTO_EN_21500.jpg&clientName=Wine%20Country%20Ontario&caption=Video%3A%20Niagara%2Don%2Dthe%2DLake%20Icewine%20Festival&title=WINE%20COUNTRY%20ONTARIO%20%2D%20Countdown%20for%20Icewine%20starts%20in%20Wine%20Country%20Ontario%2E&headline=Countdown%20for%20Icewine%20starts%20in%20Wine%20Country%20Ontario%2E

Video with caption: "Video: Niagara Icewine Festival and Gala". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20121204_C5634_VIDEO_EN_21497.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20121204_C5634_PHOTO_EN_21497.jpg&clientName=Wine%20Country%20Ontario&caption=Video%3A%20Niagara%20Icewine%20Festival%20and%20Gala&title=WINE%20COUNTRY%20ONTARIO%20%2D%20Countdown%20for%20Icewine%20starts%20in%20Wine%20Country%20Ontario%2E&headline=Countdown%20for%20Icewine%20starts%20in%20Wine%20Country%20Ontario%2E

Image with caption: "Enjoying Icewine at the Festival (CNW Group/Wine Country Ontario)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121204_C5634_PHOTO_EN_21474.jpg

Image with caption: "Roasting Icewine Marshmallows in January (CNW Group/Wine Country Ontario)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121204_C5634_PHOTO_EN_21475.jpg

Image with caption: "Winemakers Barrelroll at the Street Festival (CNW Group/Wine Country Ontario)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121204_C5634_PHOTO_EN_21476.jpg

PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2012/12/04/20121204_C5634_DOC_EN_21501.pdf

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SOURCE: Wine Country Ontario



For further information:


Magdalena Kaiser-Smit 
Public Relations Director - Marketing & Tourism - Wine Council of Ontario for "Wine Country Ontario" 
Tel: 905-562-8070 x228 
Tel: 905-246-1922 
magdalena@winesofontario.org 
Twitter: @winecountryont