“In developing this new “toasting” style of Icewine, my dream was to have people taste Northern Ice and be blown away by its complexity, intensity and long lasting, balanced flavour. “
- Jamie Macfarlane, The Wizard of Icewine at The Ice House Winery
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.
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 with Treliving, but chose to focus on innovative tastings at the retail store to share their knowledge of Icewine. Today, The Ice House makes a limited supply of Northern Ice Premium 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 Winery famous for their innovative food pairings and N’Ice Slushies. A visit to The Ice House Winery is never complete without The Ice House 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, the N’Ice Slushie is a must-do Icewine experience for any wine country tour in Niagara.
Meet Jamie and Karen
Ice Wine Maker, Jamie Macfarlane, began his winemaking career in Côte D’Or, France. When he returned to Canada he joined the team to create the first Niagara commercial Icewine and now operates an Icewine only winery. Learn More
Coach, Sensory Expert, Foodie, Big Green Egg Devotee. Karen King is Jamie’s partner in business and life. She has applied her coaching and sensory expertise to The Ice House Winery to support Jamie’s expertise as a master winemaker. Learn More