Thirty Bench Winery
4281 Mountainview Road,
The Andrew Peller Ltd winery Thirty Bench is located in the tiny appellation called the Beamsville Bench. This narrow strip of land near Lake Ontario is Niagara’s smallest appellation, with some of the oldest vineyards in the region. Founded in 1994 and purchased by Andrew Peller in 2005
In 1980, a physician at McMaster by the name Thomas Muckle, bought an orchard in the Beamsville Bench and slowly converted it into what back then was known as Heritage Vineyards. He planted Riesling. Two more vineyards were planted with Riesling prior 1989. Between 1989 and 1991 Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir were planted .
Since being purchased by Andrew Peller Limited in 2005, Thirty Bench’s quality practices have been improved upon, thanks to significant investments in vineyard and winery management.
Thirty Bench Wine Makers celebrated its 20th anniversary by planting an estate vineyard in honour of winery co-founder and chief executive officer Dr. Tom Muckle.
The winery is committed to “Small Lot” winemaking. Our grapes are hand picked and hand sorted from vineyards that produce very low yields with incredible quality. They focus upon Riesling and classic red varietals.
Brock alumna Emma Garner (BSc, ’04),winery in Beamsville,a graduate of Brock University’s Oenology and Viticulture,who has found career success in the industry since completing the program. Garner, who was Ontario Winemaker of the Year 2015 .
The winery won Best Small Winery of the Year at WineAlign's National Wine Awards of Canada 2015
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