WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Locally grown, locally picked, and locally fermented. 22News takes us to a western Massachusetts winery that grows its own fruit.
Well we all know we need the rain here in western Massachusetts, but weather this season did a pretty good job keeping the fruit just right for the wine.
The stamp “locally grown” is important to people careful about what they eat and drink. Kosinski Farms in Westfield knew that was the case and took their locally grown fruits to the next level, making wine from the crops they grow next door.
Owner of Kosinski Farms, Sue Kosinski, told 22News, “When they can walk out from behind the farm stand and see that the blueberries are being grown in the back of the field and than go next door and get a bottle of wine that has those very blueberries in them.”
The freshly-picked strawberries, rhubarb, and apples go right into a tank, to either be crushed up or kept just how they’re picked. Sugar and yeast are added to start the fermentation process.
New England’s weather helped most farmers this season, but not all. Unfortunately there was one flavor that couldn’t be made which was peach because of the subfreezing temperatures that occurred this past winter. There’s no local peach crop, and this is the first season peach wine was not available.
Jason Bassde, worker at the Raven Hollow Winery, told 22News, “Aside from the peaches, I think were doing pretty good we’ve had some great strawberries and right now we have a batch of strawberry rhubarb that is coming along fantastic.”
Homegrown fruits made into wine also include apple, raspberry, and blackberry.
You can taste any of these wines yourself at Raven Hollow Winery’s wine tasting.
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