Wine lovers won’t want to miss an upcoming event on three Saturdays in March (3, 10, 17) as winegrowers of the Grand River Valley host their 9th annual Ice Wine Festival featuring a progressive tasting of Ohio-made ice wines.
Grand River Valley Ice Wine Festival Participating in the event will be six area wineries, all within 10 minutes of each other. The wineries are Grand River Cellars Winery and Restaurant, Debonne Vineyards, Ferrante Winery and Restaurant, St. Joseph Vineyards, Laurello Vineyards and South River Vineyard.
Guests will visit each winery (between noon and 5 p.m.) and sample their ice wine in addition to a complimentary appetizer. Some appetizer selections include homemade peach cobbler, golden pound cake served with warm maple syrup, Peach Vidal mascarpone with vanilla crisp, homemade orange cranberry biscotti and Adams Reserve sharp cheddar served with homemade peach jam and crushed walnuts.
There will also be special events at most of the wineries including ice carving, sled dog demonstrations, jewelry shows (featuring beach glass items and pottery), a maple syrup demonstration and an art show. There will be a booth where you can purchase wine jelly and have a free sample.
Debonne Vineyards will have a Ice Wine Martini Bar (small additional fee) and Grand River Winery and Restaurant will feature a marshmallow roast all day (small additional fee).
Cost of the event is $6 per person at each winery and the admission includes an Ice Wine cordial glass, wine samples, the appetizer and special events.If you bring a canned food item ( which will support local food banks), you will receive a $1 off per person.
Ice wines are made from frozen grapes that have been left on the vine as autumn goes into winter. The grapes must reach a temperature of below 17 degrees before they can be picked, at which point they are then pressed immediately before the grapes can thaw. All the picking of the fruit is done at night and the pressing is done in the early morning the next day.
All the wineries are located in the Grand River Valley near Madison, Ohio and Geneva, Ohio, about 45 minutes to an hour east of Cleveland. Call 440-466-3485 or get online atwww.debonne.com and type Ice Wine in the “Search Website” box for more information or for directions to any of the wineries.