Saluting the World’s Largest Flute


NIAGARA, Ont. — While Icewine is typically dolled out judiciously by the ounce — the amber elixir is, after all something to be savoured — this year’s edition of the Niagara Icewine Festival will be looking to temporarily suspend that practice.

On the eve of Wine Country Ontario’s annual festival and celebrations, Jan. 14, the Wine Council of Ontario will attempt to break a Guinness World Records record for the Largest Wine Flute using Ontario Icewine.

More than 30 Ontario winemakers and/or winery proprietors will assist in filling an upscale version of an Icewine flute modelled on a design by Riedel — the original creator of the Icewine Glass. Standing almost four-feet tall, it is anticipated that the flute will be filled with more than 18 litres of Ontario Vidal and Riesling Icewine.

A Guinness World Records adjudicator will travel from New York to the Niagara wine region to witness the attempt. Spectators are invited to share in the excitement at 4pm in the foyer of the grand ballroom at the Fallsview Casino Resort.

“Ontario is the global leader for Icewine and breaking a Guinness World record using Icewine is a fun way to get people excited about this Ontario treasure,” says Ed Madronich, chair of the Wine Council of Ontario and proprietor of Flat Rock Cellars. “Wine Country Ontario is also a unique wine region and travel destination in that we celebrate during the winter months with numerous wine and culinary activities surrounding the Niagara Icewine Festival.”

The Niagara Icewine Festival runs from Jan. 14 to 30. For more information on the event, click here.


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