The fruit wines and ice wines from Newfoundland
Wine in Newfoundland is nothing new, as the island may be the much sought-after Vinland - i.e. wine country Vikingwho discovered and colonized it around the year 1000 on the east coast of America. To this day, however, the scientists are still debating whether this was actually the case. It competes for this name with Cape Cod, among other things. One thing is certain: Newfoundland's wines were never the cultivated series of vines that we know from other areas of Canada such as the Niagara Region or the Okanagan Valley, where they are whole Cover river valleys and lakeshore with straight rows of vines. The Newfoundland wine was wild and still is today. So I was all the more astonished when I heard that Twillingate has its own winery, the Auk Bay Winerywho produces his wines just outside the village in a former school building.
During our visit, it quickly became clear to me that only a few “real” wines were produced in this winery. As is well known, only the fermented juice that is actually produced from grapes can be called "wine". Everything else is - at least according to the German food law - wines in the broader sense, wine-containing drinks or wine-like drinks. The Auk Bay Winery produces three true types of wine: the Great Auk Shiraz, the Great Auk Chardonnay and the Great Auk Cabernet Sauvignon. None of the grapes used for this come from the island. They are purchased from winemakers in other parts of Canada. Therefore, many wine connoisseurs will probably turn their noses at the "blend" that comes from this winery. But the specialty of the Auk Bay Winery is not the real wines, but the fruit wines, which - to be precise - are wine-like drinks and whose ingredients do come from Newfoundland. And here's where it gets interesting: Almost all types of fruit that are native to the island are used.
Among them are exotic fruits such as lingonberries, partridgeberries, gooseberries or bakeapples, which have nothing in common with apples, but rather resemble large raspberries, only that they are yellow. But from blueberries, rhubarb, plums, blackberries, cranberries, currants and raspberries in the wine cellar of Auk Bay Winery fruit wines. Since only very few types of fruit supply enough liquid to make wine pardon or fruit wine from it, water is added to the fruit mash. For the Iceberg Wines, you choose the meltwater from icebergs that drift past the Arctic off the coast of Twillingate annually, using the cleanest water in the world. And depending on the sugar content of the berries, sweeten until the fruit wine reaches the desired taste. The result is a whole range of different fruit wines and wine-based drinks, which - how can it be different in Newfoundland - have very imaginative names: there are the Funky Puffin, the Spin the Bottle, the Moose Joose, the Wreckhouse or the Jellybean Row. The nicest thing I like is the Krooked Cod, which is a great symbol for me Humor of the Newfoundlanders is. Who else comes up with the idea of calling a wine made from blueberries and raspberries a "crooked cod"?
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Source: own on-site research courtesy of Tourism Newfoundland and the Canadian Tourism Commission
Text: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Petar Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline