GENEVA, Ohio — The Wineries of the Grand River Valley is hosting the 18th annual Ice Wine Festival during the month of April.
Ice wine is a sweet dessert wine, but in order to get that sweet flavor the temperature outside has to be right.
“It has to be frozen in the vineyards, so the grapes have to freeze,” said Nick Ferrante, the winemaker Ferrante Winery in Geneva, during last year's harvest.
Ferrante Winery is one of the six wineries featured in the Ice Wine Festival, all participating in an ice wine trail that will last the entire month.
Here are all of the participating wineries:
- Cask 307 Winery
- Debonnè Vineyards
- Ferrante Winery
- Laurello Vineyards
- South River Vineyards
- Grand River Cellars
Each day the participating wineries are open, they will offer samplings of their ice wine along with an appetizer from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The sampling costs $6 per person at each of the participating wineries.
Ice Wine varietals in the Grand River Valley region include Vidal Blanc, Concord, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay.
To learn more about the Ice Wine Festival and to make reservations at individual wineries, click here.