Ice wine harvest begins on Old Mission Peninsula


    Chateau Chantal has started harvesting grapes for their 2019 ice wine. (Tom Kramer)

    GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Good news for the people who enjoy northern Michigan ice wine!

    The crew at Chateau Chantal dressed in layers Monday morning as they harvested grapes for this year's vintage.

    Planning for an ice wine harvest is always a bit of a gamble due to setting aside grapes in the fall and hoping ideal conditions will happen several months later.

    Those ideal conditions include temperatures below 15 degrees for 24-48 hours so the grapes freeze solid.

    "And what you get when you make wine from those very frozen, concentrated grapes is a very luscious dessert wine that's full of natural sweetness and lots of complexity," said Marie Chantal Dalese with Chateau Chantal.

    Chateau Chantal's winemaker said this year's harvest looks pretty good, possibly the best since 2013.

    It will be ready for bottling this summer.

    Chateau Chantal has started harvesting grapes for their 2019 ice wine. (Tom Kramer)



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