ROCHESTER, N.Y.– Bringing a taste of Italy to the Rochester community, Casa Larga Vineyards has been producing and serving white wine for over 40 years.
“We drew back in 1974,” the president of Casa Larga Andrea Colaruotolo O’Neill stated. “It was actually a hobby. My daddy was from Italy. Growing up in Italy, he learned to farm grapes with his grandparents. So when he came here, he in fact ended up being a home contractor and he had this location of land that was initially to build houses on, but rather he decided to put a small vineyard on and the pastime became an organization and is still here today.”
O’Neill is now continuing the family tradition.
“It’s been terrific to mature to understand that you’re constantly part of the neighborhood,” O’Neill said. “A great deal of people know Casa Larga. So we enjoy that we become part of a household. And we love that individuals come here to celebrate their really important family celebrations.”
They are likewise working to preserve the Italian heritage within upstate New york city.
“This is a fantastic growing environment,” O’Neill stated. “It’s on par with some of the great growing climates of France too. So a takeaway is I want individuals to come to the winery, kind of to alter their mindset.”
And with the growing environment comes lots of obstacles.
“There are obstacles almost every action of the method, which I believe belongs to the factor I enjoy it,” head winemaker at Casa Larga Paige Vinson stated. “However, you understand, we’re at the mercy of Nature from the very beginning of the process, throughout the whole growing season.”
As the warmer weather condition during the season impacts its white wine production.
“We would usually have actually anticipated to reach freezing temperatures to be able to harvest our ice wine,” Vinson stated. “This is in fact the first year in 25 years where we’ve needed to move gears and attempt to refocus on the wine that we’re going to be making with the fruit that we’ve left on the vine to freeze. Due to the fact that we’ve had a great deal of irregular preparation and on freezing temperatures, the vines actually, truly didn’t hang on to the fruit we would like for ice red wine.”
They are adjusting and developing a brand-new wine style for its clients.
“We actually chose to pull them in design, which is not rather as simple as an ice white wine, however I think likewise is a beautiful design and a right,” Vinson stated.
It comes in the nick of time to get ready for its annual Ice Wine Festival, and they’re celebrating the 25th year of its award-winning ice wine.
“This is our 2020 adult ice red wine,” Vinson stated. “So here at Casa Larga, we choose to utilize the Dall Blanc as our grape of option for our ice wine production.”
Having these difficulties showcases a range of unique wine styles and carries on its family legacy.
“It’s an incredible vineyard that has the capability of truly producing a substantial series of wine designs, our hospitality here at Casa Larga make for a truly amazing experience near to house,” Vinson said.