With the temperature at just 16 degrees this morning, the ice wine harvest could begin in North East.
Before the sun came up, grape pickers were in the fields at Mazza Vineyards. They were busy harvesting frozen grapes from the vine which will be used to make one of the region’s favorites… ice wine.
Ice wine is a sweet dessert wine. People come from far and wide to help local wineries for this once a year winter tradition. The ice wine harvest is unique to this part of the country and in northern Europe. Mazza Vineyards Sales Manager Dave Spath tells us, “ice wine is a very rich and rare treat. You can’t get this on the west coast, or they don’t make it on the west coast, because it doesn’t get cold enough there”.
Mazza describes its ice wine this way: vidal blanc grapes frozen naturally on the vine and pressed while still frozen creating an intensely flavored wine with hints of fig, honey, marmalade, and apricot.
It sells for about $45 per bottle.