In 2005, Jamie began crafting Northern Ice Premium Icewine at The Ice House Winery. This cozy 19th-century peach-packing barn welcomes visitors to view the vineyards and fermentation tanks where it all happens while sipping on Icewine.
The Ice House Winery holds a unique position in the wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake. It is the only winery that exclusively makes Icewine. That’s right. This winery is totally dedicated to making and perfecting, “Canada’s liquid gold.” Winemaker, Jamie Macfarlane is committed to creating the highest quality Icewine in the world. Jamie decided the way to achieve this lofty goal was to dedicate 100% of his time to the making and mastering Icewine. Macfarlane says Icewine is like classical music. He sees it as complex, intense, harmonious and balanced with an indescribable “Wow” factor.
Today, The Ice House makes a limited supply of Icewine and is the proud recipient of 3 International Monde Selection Grand Gold Medals. Jamie’s crisp “toasting style” of Icewine is making The Ice House famous for their innovative food pairings and N’Ice Slushies.
In 2011, Jim Treliving of the Dragon’s Den and CBC’s newest show; The Big Decision said he wanted to invest in the winery. Karen and Jamie chose to not expand and focus on Icewine tastings at the retail store to share their knowledge .
Stop by to enjoy good times at The Ice House. Before entering the front door, take a photo with The Ice House Winery’s Polaris…rumour has it that giving him a bear hug will bring good luck. Polaris is the life-sized sculpture of the mighty Canadian polar bear and the name of Jamie’s new Icewine Spirit in the making
A visit to The Ice House Winery is never complete without a Northern Ice N’Ice Slushie. This refreshing, sweet and delicious chilled treat is a favourite way for bike riding guests to revive themselves. Like The Ice House Winery, Northern Ice Slushie is a must-do Icewine experience for any wine country tour in Niagara.