Icewine awards were not on the horizon, when Jamie Macfarlane first made Icewine. He was on one of the first winemaking teams to make commercial Icewine over 30 years ago. Jamie may not have had a vision to become an Icewine specialist and open up his own winery, but he did have a passion for this new Canadian Icewine venture.
The Ice House Wins the Most Prestigious Icewine Awards in the World
In the wine industry, Jamie learned that an Icewine Award from Monde Selection would be the most prestigious and well known medal any wine could win. It is a quality award granted by a totally independent professional jury panel.
Today, Monde Selection, the International Institute for Quality Selections, has been developing for more than 50 years and it holds a unique expertise to test and analyze wines and other consumer goods from all over the world to grant them an internationally renowned quality award.
About Monde Selection Awards,
Monde Selection is an independent International Institute founded in 1961 in Brussels, Belgium. Each year approximately 1500 products are presented to the Institute from more than 70 countries in order to assess their quality standards. Monde Selection constitutes a genuine guarantee of quality because of the serious nature of the procedures observed and because of the experience and reputation of the juries involved. For the companies that enter, the award provides an outside opinion and independent checks for monitoring the quality of their finished product, in accordance with previously defined criteria, parameters and recognized tasting schedules
When Jamie’s Northern Ice Vidal Icewine won his first Icewine Award and Grand Gold Medal in 2005, it was one of over 3000 wines that had been entered. Only 2 wines won a a Grand Gold; Northern Ice Vidal and another wine from Australia.
In 2015, The Ice House Winery’s Northern Ice Vidal won another Gold medal for Northern Ice Vidal 2013 at Monde Selection. Well done, Jamie! In 2016, Jamie won 3 more gold medals for Northern Ice Cabernet Franc Icewine 2014, Gewürztraminer Icewine 2013 and Riesling Icewine 2013 plus a silver to Northern Ice Merlot Icewine 2013!
Thanks to this quality label from Monde Selection, wine lovers from all over the world are able to instantly recognize that an receiving an Icewine award shows that The Ice House Winery produces only the highest quality wine in the world. Monte Selection’s jury is made up of world-wide renowned oenologists, master sommeliers, university lecturers and professional tasters. Quite the panel!
2017 Gold Monde Selection Winner Vidal Icewine Vintage 2014
2016 Gold Monde Selection Winner Cabernet Franc Icewine Vintage 2014
2016 Gold Monde Selection Winner Riesling Icewine Vintage 2013
2016 Gold Monde Selection Winner Gewürztraminer Icewine Vintage 2013
2016 Silver Monde Selection Winner Merlot Icewine Vintage 2013
2015 Gold Monde Selection Winner Vidal Icewine Vintage 2013
2015 Gold Monde Selection Winner Vidal Icewine Vintage 2005
2009 Gold Monde Selection Vidal Icewine Vintage 2007
2009 Gold Monde Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine Vintage 2007
2009 Gold Monde Selection Vidal Icewine Vintage 2006
2008 Grand Gold Monde Selection Winner Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine Vintage 2006
2007 Grand Gold Monde Selection Winner Vintner’s Reserve Vidal Blanc Icewine Vintage 2006
2007 Grand Gold Monde Selection Winner Northern Ice™ First Vintage Vidal Blanc Icewine 2005
*A Grand Gold is superior to Gold. It means that the product awarded was unanimously recognized by the jurors as exceptional and perfect (faultless)
Monde Selection, the international institute in Brussels, Belgium, is the world’s most prestigious quality selection institute and the official judge of all wines produced within the European Economic Union. The Grand Gold Monde Selection medal is the highest honour rarely accorded to a wine.