Inniskillin was founded in 1975 by Austrian chemist Karl Kaiser and ItalianCanadian agriculture graduate Donald Ziraldo, who worked tirelessly to introduce better vines and superior winemaking techniques to Niagara. Inniskillin is now synonymous with top quality icewine and consistently sets the bar much higher than its competitors. They harvest at a higher brix level than the minimum set by the VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance in Ontario) and their wines have a higher level of residual sugar. This gives richer, more intense wines that merit their higher price.
The Vidal grapes for this Icewine were grown in selected vineyards in Niagara on the Lake part of the cool climate Niagara Peninsula. Mineral-rich soils are the result of melting glaciers that left behind large and varied deposits of gravel, sand and clay, when they receded approximately 13,000 years ago. Thanks to the warming influence of Lake Ontario and the Niagara River, the region’s temperatures during the fruit-ripening phase are moderate and consistent.
Canada did not invent Icewine – it is believed the first Eiswein was made in Germany in the 1794. – however, sparkling icewine is uniquely Canadian. Naturally frozen on the vine, exceptional grapes are delicately harvested and pressed yielding only a fraction (10-20%) of the normal yield. Produced in the Charmat Method wine exibith an intense refined mousse adding a sense of equilibrium. Aromas of ripe apricot, lychee and caramelized apple tantalize the palate with a surprising surge of acidity on the finish. Vidal – french hybrid – is superb, nectar-like , that stand tall beside the best sweet wines in the world.