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Johnson Estate Winery

Ice Wines

Made from grapes that have ripened and frozen naturally on the vine. Scroll down to read about our Ice Wine Production.

Chambourcin Ice Wine

New release of our 2016 Chambourcin Ice Wine,  This rare red ice wine has fresh, light berry notes with good acidity. Delicious with walnuts/cinnamon/chocolate. 

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$49.49
 
SKU: 36138023758
 
Chambourcin Ice Wine & Birch Box - Special Gift Set

This rare red ice wine is excellent paired with cinnamon, walnuts, or chocolate or any combination thereof! The award-winning Chambourcin Ice Wine is packaged in an elegant natural birch-wood cylinder with gift card.

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$55.00
 
SKU: Cham Birch Box
 
Chambourcin Ice Wine Pairing

2016 Chambourcin Ice Wine paired with Cinnamon Walnuts.

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$54.00
 
SKU: Cham Pairing
 
Vidal Blanc Ice Wine

Newly-released 2016 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine was awarded 97 Points/Double Gold at the 2017 San Francisco Wine Competition.  Traditional honey and pear notes in this well-balanced, complex ice wine.

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$49.49
/ 375ml
SKU: 36138003750
 
 
Vidal Blanc Ice Wine & Birch Box - Special Gift Set

Newly-released 2016 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine was awarded 97 Points/Double Gold at the 2017 San Francisco Wine Competition. Traditional honey and pear notes in this well-balanced, complex ice wine. The award-winning Vidal Blanc Ice Wine is packaged in an elegant natural birch-wood cylinder with a personalized card.

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$55.00
 
SKU: Vidal Birch Box
 
Sparkling Ice Wine

A rare rosé and bubbly ice wine - the first sparkling ice wine made in the USA using the "champagne method".  Rich, complex notes of strawberry and raisin; balanced by smooth, mousse-like bubbles. It's easy to drink the whole bottle with a party of four!

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$49.49
/ 375ml
SKU: 36138050136
 

Ice Wine Production


Johnson Estate has been producing authentic ice wine since 1995. “Ice Wine” is the legal name for wines made from grapes that have ripened and frozen naturally on the vine – something that our region’s cold winters and blizzards can readily produce. In contrast to our ice wines, “faux” ice wine is produced by harvesting grapes and then freezing them in freezers prior to crushing.

Johnson Estate Winery ice wine vineyard

 

Varietals


Any wine grape may be used for ice wine, although grapes which are later-ripening and which tend to stay on the vine are more successful choices. The white wine grapes we use for ice wine are Vidal Blanc and Riesling which impart flavors of honey, apricot, and peach. We use red winegrape varieties of Cabernet Franc and Chambourcin, which make ice wines with berry and cherry flavors.

In the fall, after the other vineyards have been harvested and the leaves have fallen from the vines, our ice wine vineyards are covered with netting to protect the fruit from hungry birds. Grapes in these vineyards experience a freeze and thaw cycle that desiccates them and enhances their flavors.

Johnson Estate Winery ice wine harvest

 

Harvesting


The ice wine grapes will only be harvested if and when temperatures have fallen to roughly 12ºF for a day or more and the grapes are completely frozen, usually in December or January. Extreme care must be taken to harvest AND press the grapes while they are still frozen. In western New York, this mean watching the forecasts carefully so harvesting and pressing can be completed at optimally low temperatures.

We harvest the grape by hand, collecting it in grape bins that will be stacked on trailors and taken immediately to the winery for pressing. Ice wine harvests yield approximately 60 gallons per ton of grapes, compared to the September harvest rate of 170 gallons per ton.

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