Turning wine into hand sanitizer in New Wilmington

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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- The owners and staff at Hop Asylum and The Fractured Grape can't turn water into wine, but they can turn some of their wine and the alcohol from it into hand sanitizer.  It's a creative solution to the hand sanitizer shortage thanks to the people behind Nova Destinations.  Nova Destinations is the company that owns The Fractured Grape and other local winery and brewery operations.  They're donating sanitizer to local first responders and nearby nursing homes.

"We've already donated to Shenango on the Green, The Grove, The Farrell ER, and a few other places," explained Tiffany Greene, Nova Cellars Tasting Room Manager and Event Coordinator. "Currently, we are selling 8 oz bottles of 70% medical-grade sanitizer; it is liquid, not gel-like."

Any proceeds made from selling the alcohol antiseptic go to the local non-profit "Operation Grape."

The launch of the hand-sanitizer production has come with a little snag.  The makers need containers to distribute their locally crafted disinfectant.

"We are asking that everyone hang onto any bottle they can because once we run out of bottles, we are moving to canning the sanitizer," said Greene. "We are producing the sanitizer from wine and cider that either wasn't in production or didn't quite turn out how we wanted to. We have the still running twice a day and our phone has been ringing non-stop."

While Gov. Tom Wolf called for non-life sustaining businesses to close, the Fractured Grape has pooled its operations to gather.  They've added the production of hand sanitizer to their making of craft beer, cider and wine that now includes a drive-through operation and local delivery.

The Fractured Grape is following federal guidelines to make the sanitizer.  Greene also says they're very busy and they're trying to keep up with all the phone calls.  She's asking people to message via their various Facebook pages.

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