My Town: Ice Wine Festival Celebrates 10th Year

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MADISON, Ohio — The Grand River Valley Ice Wine Festival is celebrating its tenth year in existence next month.

The three-day festival will take place March 2, 9 and 16. The festival consists of five area wineries, all within a 10-minute drive of one another. Participants can start at the winery of their choice and move on from there.

Some wineries will have wine dinners, ice carving, dog sledding and other demonstrations.

The wine featured at each location will be true ice wine.

The grapes are left on the vines at the end of the traditional harvest season. Once they are truly frozen and the temperature reaches 17 degrees or less, the grapes are picked and immediately pressed. This year’s harvest was Dec. 4.

Each winery will provide a sample of their wines, an ice wine glass and an appetizer. The event begins at noon and ends at 5 p.m. The cost is $6 per person at each winery. Wineries are also encouraging everyone to bring a canned food item for $1 off at each location. The food will go to local food banks.

Participating wineries include: Debonne Vineyards, Ferrante Winery and Ristorante, Grand River Cellars Winery and Restaurant, Lauerello Vineyards and St. Joseph Vineyards.

“It is wonderful for people to come and celebrate the harvest of this special wine,” said Cindy Lindberg, event coordinator and president of Grand River Cellars Winery.  “It’s an opportunity to get out and embrace the cold weather and have a great time doing it.”

For more on the event, click here.

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