On December 19, 2016, just as early morning temperatures dipped to a chilly 12 degrees F, the Chateau Grand Traverse staff gathered to begin picking frozen Riesling grapes. The result was this specialty Riesling Ice Wine, a Traverse City gem.

To make this unique dessert wine, ultra-ripe Riesling grapes are purposefully left on the vine to naturally freeze late in the season. Once picked, the grapes are gently pressed to extract a minuscule amount of the unfrozen essence of the grape, much like extracting the flavors from a snow cone.

Thanks to our chilly winters here up north, we’re able to participate in this specialized practice and create some of the best ice wine in Michigan.


This rich, almost nectar-like dessert wine comes alive with flavors of ripe pineapple, golden raisins, dried apricot, and ripe lemon. Aromas of honeysuckle and sweet herbs lead to a bold and luscious palate combined with notes of ripe grapefruit and honey to finish. Pair with desserts such as citrusy tarts, creamy custards, and crème brûlée, or balance its sweetness with strong, savory dishes such as blue cheese dates, duck confit, or spicy crab cakes.


Best of Class, Ice Wine Category: 2018 Michigan Wine Competition
Double Gold: 2018 Michigan Wine Competition
Double Gold: 2019 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition


Vintage: 2016
Appellation: Old Mission Peninsula
Varietal: Riesling      
Residual Sugar: 12.2° Brix
Alcohol: 13.0%
Winemaker: Bernd Croissant

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Where can I buy ice wine? Can Michigan ice wine be shipped to Florida?

Ice wine can be purchased at most local wineries and stores, specifically in colder climates. But because the ice wine production process requires natural freezing of grapes, not all countries or regions are able to sell it authentically. In areas like northern Michigan, ice wine is especially popular. Although some state laws do restrict shipping wine directly to customers, as of now, ice wine in Michigan can be shipped to several states in the US, including Florida. Visit here for more information about Chateau Grand Traverse’s shipping policies.

How is ice wine made?

Ice wine is made through the process of leaving grapes on the vines to freeze in winter. Once the water inside them has frozen, they need to be quickly picked and pressed. Because the water freezes and the sugars don’t, the process of pressing creates a sweeter, more concentrated juice. However, the amount of juice – and the window of freezing and picking – is smaller. Therefore, production is much more difficult and unique for these varieties.

How should I drink ice wine?

To get the best ice wine tasting experience, make sure you serve it chilled to 50 degrees F and allow some aeration to bring out full flavor. You can do this by using an aerator or swirling your glass before sipping. Another thing to consider is the intense sweetness of dessert ice wines. Unlike drinking traditional wines, it’s recommended to take bigger sips of ice wine and allow some time between each tasting. To get the most authentic experience, try wine tasting ice wine at wineries in Michigan! You can visit our tasting room at Chateau Grand Traverse.

How long will ice wine keep?

It depends on the varietal. Ice wines higher in sugar and lower in acid, like Chardonnays, Merlots, and Cabernets, won’t keep as long and should be enjoyed while they are still young (a few years). Because Riesling ice wines are higher in acid, though, they’re better for aging because they can cope with warmer temperatures, lasting up to 20 years or more. Overall, ice wines generally don’t improve with aging and should be stored at a cool, consistent temperature of 55 to 65 degrees F, and kept in the refrigerator after opening.

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Weight 4.0 lbs


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