Enjoy both red and white Icewine from Ontario (CNW Group/Wine Marketing Association of Ontario)

The start of the New Year is an especially busy time for the Niagara region as it anticipates the yearly Icewine festival. While the actual harvest date varies from year-to-year, the annual celebration takes place over the same three weeks beginning January 15th, giving visitors from around the world a chance to sample not only the extensive varieties of Icewines that are available, but also Ontario’s renowned red, white, and sparkling wines. Festivities kickoff with the annual Xerox Icewine Gala at the Fallsview Casino Resort and the Sparkle and Ice Diamond Gala in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and a street festival held over that weekend at Twenty Valley’s Jordan Village. Discovery Passes are available which allow visitors to choose from dozens of wineries and culinary experiences along the “Wine Route.”