Building on 24 years of ice wine making and hospitality expertise, Chateau Chantal will host the first of its kind in the Michigan Ice Wine Festival January 26-28, 2018.
Known as the "Nectar of the Gods," Ice wine is made from grapes frozen on the vine. Harvested during temperatures between 15 to 18 degrees F, the grapes are pressed while still frozen. The wine is known for its incredible natural sweetness and fruitiness, with all the delicate characters of a fine Riesling wine. Decadent apricot, toasted caramel, and baked apple drench your palate with balanced sweetness in this stunning dessert wine. As a testament to the winery’s quality winemaking, Chateau Chantal was chosen among nine American Ice Wines to represent our nation at a Canadian state dinner at the White House in 2016.
In celebration of this remarkable wine, festival events will range from family friendly snowman building, ice bowling, and ice sculpting to outdoor fire pits with roasted treats. The winery's walking trail will be open for snowshoeing or skiing with a scavenger hunt and prizes. The festival will culminate with a multi-course Ice Wine education dinner on Saturday, including a tour of the cellar and winemaking process. Samples of multiple Ice Wines will be on hand all weekend along with a specially paired dessert item.
Entrance to the festival is free, with a fee to sample and attend the wine dinner. Ice Wine is a must-try experience that represents one of the most unique abilities of our Northern wine growing climate, something our famed California wineries to the West cannot produce!