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Ripe for the pickin’

Johnson Estate Winery harvest grapes to produce ice wine

February 13, 2013
By Dennis Phillips ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - If you believe snowmobiling or skiing in single-digit temperatures is a frigid activity, then what do you think about picking grapes?

That is what 20 people did Tuesday, Jan. 22 at Johnson Estate Winery, as they harvested 7 tons of vidal and chambourcin grapes to produce ice wine.

In temperatures around 9 degrees, the Johnson Estate crew harvested grapes frozen solid naturally on the vines by the cold temperatures. Johnson Estate has been making ice wine for 20 years. Fred Johnson, Johnson Estate Winery owner, said the grape-growing area around Lake Erie is one of only a few regions in the world where ice wine grapes can be harvested.



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