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Native vineyard produces ‘ice wine’ all through chilly, Michigan winters

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — “It was a ardour my entire life, I grew up on a grape farm and acquired the bug and right here I’m 15 years later,” says Glen Greiffendorf, Winemaker and Manufacturing Supervisor at 12 Corners Winery.  

Glen Greiffendorf certain does know wine! He has been a winemaker for 15 years, 10 of which have been at 12 Corners Winery. The Benton Harbor vineyard grows and processes their very own wine all from their yard.

“So, we develop our wine at 12 Corners, so we develop it within the spring, spray them, trim them make certain they’re stable grapes to make use of these to make into wine then the autumn we shift exterior to inside. This time this yr the winemaking is inside.”

Nestled close to the center of Michigan’s famed ‘gold coast’ lies the 115 – acre property planted with grapes. Greiffendorf and his group develop these grapes all through the summer time, then decide them within the fall.

From there, his work is inside. The grapes undergo a number of fermenting phases, till reaching the right degree of ‘candy’ and ‘dry’ that wine lovers crave! However even throughout the chilly months, 12 Corners finds a option to go exterior. 

“There are particular flavors from Michigan that you simply can not get in heat climates.”

Introducing…ice wine! A particular twist within the colder climates you’ll be able to solely discover within the northern states. Every winter, 12 Corners harvests frozen grapes to course of right into a candy, luxurious ‘ice wine.’

“It’s a dessert wine, it is rather candy, you don’t drink a lot of it, it is available in half sizes, it’s a novelty and extra of a present or Christmas season drink. It’s important to be within the Northern states for certain. It’s sometimes made in Michigan, New York, Ontario, and out west in Canada and British Columbia.”

And Michigan actually is likely one of the solely locations you’ll be able to verify out this candy deal with! Curious to attempt it for your self? 12 Corners nonetheless opens their doorways year-round! Guests can come to the vineyard to get pleasure from their tasting rooms and award-winning samplings, for themselves.

“Nicely, the advantages are clearly the native economic system, and it’s clearly you do not need to go the entire option to Italy in your wine, however native wines sometimes replicate the world. We make the wines we will make right here so it is a particular wine from this area.”

Discover ways to go to 12 Corners Winery right here.  

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