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Ice wine harvest at Casa Larga

Posted at: 01/03/2013 11:18 AM
Updated at: 01/03/2013 12:24 PM

Dozens of workers were at the Casa Larga Vineyards for the ice wine harvest overnight.

It began at midnight and when News10NBC cameras showed up before 7 a.m., workers were bringing in the final round of grapes.

The Perinton vineyard has won awards and competitions in the U.S. and in Europe for its ice wine. To make ice wine, they leave a section of grapes on the vine to freeze and then those icy grapes are harvested and pressed while still frozen.

Winemaker Matt Cassavaugh said, “We pick the grapes at that temperature because a lot of the water inside the grape freezes and that yields a nice concentrated juice and then we ferment that juice in to a wine that has really intense aroma and has a lot of complex flavors going on in it."

The harvesters told News10NBC this should be a good year for ice wine, although they would have liked the really cold weather to have come earlier in December.