Winemakers Reject Québec Icewine Standard / Les vignerons rejettent la norme québécoise en matière de vin de glace
Français ci-dessous – The Canadian Vintners Association (CVA), representing over 90% of all wine produced in Canada and almost 100% of Canada’s genuine Icewine production, and Vignerons Indépendants du Québec (VIQ) are deeply disappointed in the Québec government’s new Icewine certification system for “Vin de Glace du Québec”. The recently announced Québec standard effectively lowers the bar for the production of Icewine in Québec and fails to meet Canadian and internationally accepted Icewine production practices.
Canada is the global leader in the production, sale and export of Icewine, producing 90% of the world’s authentic Icewine. To help combat counterfeit products, as well as meet international trade obligations, the Government of Canada passed Icewine Regulation (SOR/2014-10) in February 2014. A key requirement of the federal standard is that Icewine is made exclusively from “grapes naturally frozen on the vine”. This is a fundamental in Icewine production, upheld by wine-producing countries around the world and supported by the International Organization of Wine and Vine (OIV).
“Industry celebrated the passing of the federal Icewine standard last year,” stated Dan Paszkowski, CVA President and CEO. “It is shocking that the Québec government and its accrediting body, Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants (CARTV), is permitting the harvesting of grapes before they are naturally frozen on the vine, falling short of the federal standard and all international standards for Icewine. This risks the reputation of authentic and globally respected Icewine producers from coast to coast.”
In Canada, provincial governments have the responsibility for on-farm production. Unfortunately, the Québec government is allowing grapes to be harvested before the grapes are naturally frozen on the vine. The harvested grapes are then placed in outdoor nets, hanging for weeks or months, until the temperature drops […]