The Grand River Valley has produced some award winning wines, but the freeze last night might have just put a hold on this year's crop.
Nineteen times this winter Gene Sigel has recorded freezing temperatures along his 180 acres of vines, and, with those extreme temperatures, it might have just put an end to the 2014 vintage in some of the grapes.
While the true extent of the damage will not be known until the thaw happens, he and the whole region might be cutting the vine trunks and practically starting from scratch.
He has not seen conditions like this since 1994, and, while he's seen conditions of all kinds, this is a tough pill to swallow. His wineries should be fine because his cellar is stocked, and the current wines he is offering are the 2010-2012 vintage, but it is unknown how it will affect other wineries in the region.
Sigel estimates a loss of $2 million to $3 million dollars of fruit that would be turned into wine with this latest cold snap.
Have no fear, though, if you are an ice wine fan, starting tomorrow and for the next three Saturdays, you can enjoy Ice Wine Fest.
You can visit South River Winery at www.southrivervineyard.com.