This year’s Icewine harvest was the earliest in BC since 2003, thanks to cold temperatures in early November prompting several wineries to start picking grapes on the second earliest day in the last decade.
Inniskillin Okanagan reported its earliest Icewine harvest on record November 5 with Winemaker Derek Kontkanten’s crew beginning to pick in their Oliver vineyard when temperatures dropped to -12.2 C.
Summerhill Pyramid Winery followed a few days later, followed by many of the other 28 wineries that plan to make Icewine in 2014.
When asked about the outlook for this year’s harvest CEO of Summerhill, Ezra Cipes, commented that, “to make outstanding Icewine you need to start with outstanding grapes, and 2014 was one of the best Okanagan growing seasons ever. Now to have this cold snap so early in November, and harvest our Icewine grapes before the birds get them is making us all smile and sing around the winery. This is a blessed vintage.”