Ice­berg boom means big busi­ness for Twill­ingate win­ery

Auk Is­land Win­ery re­ceives vis­i­tors from around the world

The Pilot - - Focus - BY PA­TRICK MUR­PHY Pa­trick.Mur­phy@ad­ver­tis­ernl.ca

LEWISPORTE, NL – The ice­bergs used to craft the wine at Twill­ngate’s Auk Is­land Win­ery was in plen­ti­ful sup­ply this year, and so it seems were the tourists.

“I can say anec­do­tally, it was awe­some,” win­ery co- owner Grant Young told the Pi­lot. “We’re up 10 to 15 per cent from last year, since the dol­lar has changed we’ve seen more peo­ple from the U.S.”

The win­ery at­tracts peo­ple from all over the world, says Young. Ger­man and Aus­tralian tourists are a com­mon sight at the win­ery over the sum­mer. Auk Is­land Win­ery even has a pin map so vis­i­tors can iden­tify their place of ori­gin.

For­eign or do­mes­tic, as they say in the wine in­dus­try.

“It shows the vast­ness of where our cus­tomers come from,” said Young.

PA­TRICK MUR­PHY / THE PI­LOT

Come for the view, stay for the wine. The Auk Is­land Win­ery of­fers vis­i­tors as many as 16 vari­a­tions of its wine made us­ing ice­bergs.

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