The Ontario Niagara Peninsula

Wineries A-C

Between the cities of Hamilton and Niagara Falls, along the South shores of Lake Ontario runs the Niagara Peninsula. A fertile micro-climate where the majority of Ontario vineyards can be found. To the East lies the picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and to the West the quaint town of Grimsby. In the heart of the region lies Jordan Village. All three towns are designed to delight the tourist as they explore the wineries of Ontario. New wineries are opening in different areas around Lake Ontario stretching the bounties of the Ontario "regions". Wineries now extend from Hamilton to Toronto and Eastward.


Alvento Winery

 
3048 Second Avenue
Vineland, ON, Canada

 

Alvento Winery is producing old world-wines on a 16 acre waterfront site in the Lincoln Lakeshore sub-appellation of the beautiful Niagara Peninsula. The winery was founded by Bruno and Elyane Moos, who are master winemakers. They spent 15 years growing and producing wines in Tuscany, Italy. They moved to Vineland in 2001 and began planting a vineyard. Their first vinate was in 2006; Bordeaux blends known as ‘Elige’, Nebbiolo known as ‘Aria’, and Viognier known as ‘Vio’. They also introduced some blends in the St Emillon style that are known as ‘Sondra’ and ‘Emilie’.

In 2012, the Moos retired from winemaking and passed the reigns of the winery to their protege Greg Yemen

Winemaker: Greg Yemen

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Angels Gate Winery

4260 Mountainview Road
Beamsville ON L0R 1B2

photo Bob Bell

Located on 10 acres on the Beamsville beach of the Niagara Peninsula the winery was founded by a group of wine loving friends on a property that was once owned by the congregation of Missionary Sisters of Christian Charity in Ontario. In 1995, the land was converted into a vineyard, construction of the "mission style" building began in June of 2001.

The state of the art wine making facility is built underground, the earth naturally keeps the cellars cool. Grape receiving, crushing, and fermentation occurs in half of the underground facility, with the finished product transferred to French and American oak for aging until it is ready for release The tasting room features, along with their wines, the Angels Gate Tower, a 41-foot structure featuring a photo history of the vineyards, and other educational displays

The winery currently has 150 acres of vineyards

Winemaker: Philip Dowell

Philosophy: A balanced vine and a balanced wine. From a French perspective its about bring together the ‘terroir', ‘elevage' and ‘typicity' of wine. The ‘terroir' is the character of the grape from a specific vineyard site, ‘elevage' is the progress the wine takes through the cellar during its maturation, and ‘typicity' is the distinctive vinous character each wine has. With all three you end up with a unique and enjoyable product.

Angels Gate signature wines are Riesling Suss-reserve which is unfermented, grape juice is added back to the wine just prior to bottling, and Old Vines Chardonnay which come from 29 year old vines. The winery exports to Florida as well as Manitoba, Alberta, and Quebec

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Atlantis Niagara Wines Inc.

4524 John Street.
Beamsville, ON
L0R 1B0


Their farm is located on the floor of what once was called Glacial Lake Iroquois in the Lincoln-Lakeshore appellation of the Niagara Region of Ontario. Owned by the Kocsis family. The winery only produces icewines.

Their first vintage a 2010 Cabernet Franc icewine; a $225.00 bottle of wine per 375 ml. This was followed by a Vidal Wine. Today they produce Guertztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay and Merlot. Limited quantities of Sauvignon Blanc, Reisling, as well as Chardonnay Icewine are also produced.

Winemaker: John Kocsis

Philosophy: Only hand made from start to finish

 




Aure Wines

3749 Walker Road
Beamsville, ON
L0R 1B2


Aug 2017 name changed to London Born Wine CO

Owned by the Hoare family who immigrated from London, England. The Hoare family began planting grapes in 2007, the winery opened in 2011 in Beamsville. Varieties are Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Riesling and of course the existing Old Vine Marechal Foche.

The winery is designed for small-batch production of Gamay, Riesling and a red-and-white blend, Cab Franc and Old Vines Foch.

Winemaker:

Philosophy: We are committed to minimizing the environmental impact of our operations.

 


Photo by Fred Couch


Back 10 Cellars

Beamsville, ON
L0R 2E0


Back in 1999 Andrew and Christina Brooks were working in a Calgary Alberta restaurant where they started to experience wine tastings, the idea of owning a winery began to grow. The hunt began. They travelled to Italy, France, Kelowna, BC. and South Africa, but these places were too far out of reach and too costly.  

It was on a trip to Niagara (where Christina grew up), that they found a ten acre property in between Vineland and  Beamsville. To make ends meet as they developed their winery, they started up a business called Crush on Niagara Wine Tours.

 

Winemaker: David Johnson
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Bench Trails.

Virtual


 

Bench Trial Wines is a virtual winery dedicated to expressive limited production wines. A partnership between two longtime friends and winemakers, Chris Fornasier and Adam Kern.

Chris Fornasier is a graduate of the Winery & Viticulture Technician program at Niagara College, in 2007. To develop his tradecraft, Chris has worked internationally in Italy, New Zealand and more domestically in the Okanagan Valley, and of course the Niagara Peninsula. These experiences provided him with greater exposure to the variety of winemaking styles found around the world, but also established his respect for the vinicultural potential found in Niagara.

Adam Kern is a graduate of Niagara College's Winery & Viticulture Technician program, Class of 2007. He has wine production experience in Niagara, abroad in New Zealand, and most recently in the upcoming region of Prince Edward County. To hone his palate and broaden his horizons in the world of wine, Adam became a Certified Sommelier through the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers in 2011.

Winemaker: Chris Fornasier and Adam Kern 

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Between the Lines

991 Four Mile Creek Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON


Yannick and Greg Wertsch have spent their life among the vines starting as children in the terraced vineyards of their grandfather, then on the 45 acre estate in Niagara for the past twelve years before opening their own winery in 2011.

Yannick started home winemaking in high school, then studied winemaking and viticulture at Niagara College. He travelled to Weinbauschule University in Weinsberg, Germany to further his studies

Winemaker: Yannick Wertsch

Philosophy: Great grapes make great wine, that’s why the best winemakers are farmers first

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Big Head Wine Co

304 Hunter Road,
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

 

No longer a virtual winery now located at Hunter Farms in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Andrzej (Andre) Lipinski a successful winemaker and consultant in Ontario who opened his own wine company featuring Big Head Wines. The name Lipinski draws from his childhood, a self-deprecating salute to his, well, big head!

The Big Head label is a silhouette of Lipinski's head and an elaborate graphic superimposed in his brain of the winemaking process he has developed .

Focusing on wild fermentation and the appassimento winemaking method (kiln drying of the grapes), Big Head Wines is producing small-batch artisanal wines.

Winemaker: Andrzej (Andre) Lipinski
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Burnt Ship Bay
925 Line 2, RR 2
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON



The winery opened in 2014 and is owned by the Puglisi and Morgenstern families. A former Grape King, Luciano Puglisi partnered with Marcel Morgenstern in this new winery project, with all grapes locally grown. The company's winemaker is Fred DiProfio.

Burnt Ship Bay Winery is named after a little bay in the Upper Niagara River, where in 1759, during the Seven Years' War, it became the final resting place for some treasure-laden French ships.

Puglisi was named Ontario's Grape King in 2008 and also owns PondView Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Their wines are the official wines of the Hockey Hall of Fame . Signature wines include Chardonnay and Vidal Icewine.

Winemaker: Fred DiProfio.
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Calamus Estate Winery

3100 Glen Road
Jordan, ON
L0R 1S0


The winery was founded in 1999 by the husband and wife team of Derek Saunders and Pat Latin who purchased a 14 acre property near Beamsville. They planted their first 10 acre vineyard in 2000, with the goal of supporting a 8500 case winery. A second farm and 19th century barn was purchased in 2002. The second property, located adjacent to Ball's Falls Conservation Area, is now the home of Calamus Estate Winery. In 2007 Sheila Minkhorst joined the winery as a partner. The name Calamus, Latin for arrow, was inspired by the many ancient artifacts found in the region.

There is a 20-acre ravine behind, the winery providing a scenic spot for hikes, picnics and outdoor functions, as it is adjacent to the famous Bruce Trail.

Calamus grows Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Vidal Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. They have two vineyards; The Falls Vineyard site located in the Vinemount Ridge Appellatio,n and the Battle Creek Vineyard on the eastern edge of the town of Beamsville below the Niagara Escarpment. The Bartlett Creek, and Falls Vineyard sites have a total area of 56 acres with 32 acres of land in vines.

signature wines: Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir

Winemaker: Arthur Harder
Philosophy: Value drives award winning wines which best reflects the terroir of the Niagara region.



Caroline Cellars

1028 Line 2
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON


One of the newer wineries on the Niagara Peninsula. Owned and operated by the Lakeit family (Rick, Frieda and their children: Rick Jr., Justine, Stephanie and Jaclyn) of Lakeit Farms, who have owned the vineyards where Caroline Cellars is located since 1978. Caroline Cellars was built and named in honour of the late Caroline Lakeit, a beloved mother and grandmother.

The winery includes a Special Events Loft for special occasion events, such as wedding receptions, wedding or baby showers, stags and does, business events, anniversary parties, charity events, or whatever else you decide to celebrate. Free tastings are available at the Wine Boutique. Try their 2001 Late Harvest Riesling which won a silver medal at the Ottawa Wine and Food Show 2002

Winemaker: Richard F Lakeit

Philosophy: To provide quality wines (in accordance with VQA standards and approval) at a pleasing price. Our goal is to make Ontario wines accessible to all, and to see Ontario wines on tables throughout North America.




Cattail Estate Wines

RR #4, 1156 Concession 6,
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
L0S 1J0


The winery is owned by Ken and Renate Dyck, Warren Dyck, Andrew and Roselyn Dyck-Cieszkowski The original farm was purchased in 1971 by the Dyck families parents. As a family, they have been growing grapes for numerous award-winning wineries and decided to follow a long-held family dream by taking a portion of their vineyards and bottling it under their own label. The name comes from the creek that runs through the property filled with cattails. Signature wines: Riesling and Select Late Harvest Vidal.

.  Steve Byfield is the Consulting Winemaker

Winemaker: Steve Byfield
Philosophy: Allow the grape to become the wine it was meant to be rather than manipulate it to become a predetermined product. That makes each wine unique to the vintage and to the vineyard.



Cave Spring Cellars

3836 Main Street,
Jordan, ON


Located on the Niagara Peninsula near the historical town of Jordan. They have vineyards on the Beamsville Bench, rated as one of the best micro-climates for the cultivation of Vinifera grapes. Cave Spring Cellars was founded in 1986 by grape grower Leonard Pennachetti and winemaker Angelo Pavan. "At Cave Springs we believe that our wines are unique because they capture what the French call 'Gout de Terroir'; or Taste of the Land from which they come; and no amount of Artifice-Ecological or otherwise could ever replicate the particular flavour profile they achieve. The uniqueness of our wines stems directly from their authenticity of origin" . Almost half of their product is Riesling. They have a reputation for producing excellent Riesling Icewine

Located in an historic winery building dating back to 1871, Cave Spring Cellars boasts the oldest functioning wine cellars in all of Ontario

Winemaker: Angelo Pavan

Philosophy:As winemakers, we must remain true to the fruit of our vineyards. At Cave Spring our task is to capture and preserve the individuality of Niagara's Benchlands.



Charles Baker Wines

 




A virtual winery producing only Riesling wines. Started in 2005 as Ontario's first virtual winery; this pioneering effort in Ontario focuses entirely on making wine from one grape- Riesling. With winemaking based at Stratus, Charles Baker has the flexibility to focus on capturing the essence of the Niagara Escarpment through this great grape. This ‘virtual' winery is loosely based on grassroots winemaking ventures flourishing in wine regions around the world. By producing wines harvested exclusively from single mature vineyards of Riesling, this project brings the passionate efforts of independent grape growers to market. The grapes are grown at Picone Vineyard located on the Twenty-Mile Bench.

 

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Chateau des Charmes

1025 York Road
St.David's Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON


Wine master Paul-Michel Bosc a French grape grower came to Canada and started his family vineyard in 1978. The winery has 270 acres under cultivation in Niagara-on-the-Lake, claiming to be the first in Canada to plant a vineyard exclusively to vifis vinifera.

Madame Bosc plays an important role in the winery, a teacher by profession, she devotes much of her attention to producing a highly educational and enjoyable winery tour. The Globe and Mail once commented that " Château des Charmes boasts one of the best tours any oenophile is ever likely to take, Napa Valley and Champagne districts included. Paul Bosc's winemaking style is Burgundian. Noted wines are Brut (V.Q.A.) Sparkling Wine and their Riesling Icewines.

The Bosc family is very proud of their reputation as pioneers and innovators. As Hugh Johnson pointed out, Château des Charmes was the first winery in Canada to plant a vineyard dedicated to "vitis vinifera"- the European grape species that produces the world's finest wines. These include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Gamay Noir and Riesling. Back in 1978, this was a controversial innovation but it has become the standard for the modern Canadian wine industry. "Paul did much to convince the industry that the future lay in vinifera varieties and his early Rieslings and Chardonnay's were models for other wineries," wrote wine author Tony Aspler in his book Vintage Canada

The Order of Canada is the centre piece of Canada's Honours System and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Paul Bosc Sr. was honored in 2005.

Paul Bosc Sr. was honoured with the Grape Growers of Ontario​ “Award of Merit” for 2017. The award was presented on behalf of his peers in recognition of the innovative contributions he has made to the grape and wine industry.

Amelie Boury Winemaker and Director of Oenology at Chateau des Charmes

Winemaker: Amelie Boury / Paul Bosc Sr.
Philosophy: To make wines in the French style by virtue of their heritage.

Their wines can be purchased throughout Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan and Hawaii




Cloudsley Cellars

 

 


A virtual winery owned by Adam Lowy. Cloudsley Cellars is solely dedicated to creating Pinot Noir from Niagara, Ontario.

Winemaker: Adam Lowy

Philosophy: Cloudsley Cellars is, and will always remain, a boutique operation with a transparent and minimalist approach to achieve the singular goal of producing the finest representation of cool climate Pinot Noir.




Colaneri Estate Winery

348 Concession 6 Rd
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON


Over thirty years ago the Conaneri family who immigrated from Italy acquired 40 acres of vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake. They began as growers producing their first vintage in 2008. Mike, Nick and Betty Colaneri are the owners. The winery is located on the St. David's Bench

The magnificent and perhaps Ontario's largest winery was designed by Nick Colaneri. The concept was to construct a huge C-shaped structure, to represent the C in Colaneri, and to base the design on their Italian roots. The barrel cellar is where the true beauty of this winery is seen. It's a huge, two-pronged cavern that curves gently under the main structure. The winery opened in 2010. (Tasting fees apply)

Each family member has chosen a varietal and had labels designed especially for them. Customers love hearing the stories behind each of the labels and the family story. much at home as though they are visiting family.  The wines are full-bodied wines made in the traditional Italian appassimento method including a large portfolio of red, white and dessert wine .A new series has also been introduced made in the “recioto” style of making dessert wines.

 

The winery makes full bodied wines. The majority of the wines been produced in a appassimento style.

Winemaker: Andrzej Lipinsk

Philosophy: It is the mission of the winery to produce the highest quality premium VQA award winning wines in the region while maintaining our heritage and traditional values with integrity to our customers.





CornerStone

4390 Tufford Road
Beamsville, ON
L0R 1B0




The winery was founded in 2002 by Jerry and Wanda Kopanski. In 2005 they opened to the public. They have 20 acres growing Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, Riesling and Vidal Blanc

Expert winemaker, Andrzej Lipinski joined Cornerstone Estate Winery in 2008, as a part-time consultant, and in 2012, he took over the task of winemaking. one of the most award winning winemakers in Canada, Andrzej was chosen as the 2012 Winemaker of the year.

They are an Icewine producer.

Winemaker: Andrzej Lipinski




Contraband Sparkling Winec.

8 Briarsdale Dr,
St Catharines, ON
L2T 2Z2.


A St Chatherines lab dedicated to producing only sparkling wines .  The founder of Contraband Sparkling Wine, Rakesh Mehra,
studied analytical wine tasting and wine-making degree called DUAD in Bordeaux, France.  Upon returning to Canada to finish his Honours Degree in Œnology and Viticulture, he was determined to make sparkling wine accessible to everyone, and not just on special occasions!

The winery offers the sparking wine on Tap. Some say thats a not the proper way to prepare sparking wine. The owner says he llikes his "forbidden" on tap wines and thus the name Counterband.

Contraband obtains table fines from other wineries before turning them into his Sparkling wine

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Coyote's Run Estate Winery

485 Concession 5 Rd.
Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

 




Coyote's Run Estate Winery is a small, artisan winery located in Niagara on the Lake

The 65 acre vineyard is planted with 7 varieties; Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot all surrounding our tasting room in the heart of St. David’s. Located at the base of what was formerly the shoreline of the glacial Lake Iroquois, enjoying one of the warmest sites in the Niagara region.

The estate is made up of two very distinct soil types; refered to as Red Paw and Black Paw vineyards. Red Paw vineyard is an ancient red clay soil from which the wines are typically boldly expressive in varietal character. The Black Paw vineyard being a darker, heavier clay soil retains warmth and moisture while delivering very modest yields. The lower yield per acre is balanced by the intense concentration of flavours in the fruit that it produces. 

Jiawei (Paul) Wang, president of ZhongSheng Global Trade (Canada) Inc. and owner of Coyote’s Run Estate 

Winemaker:   Chris Protonentis
Philosophy:  is to leverage this passion to produce wines that we can proudly stand behind hand-crafted wines of quality and distinctiveness that are representative of our unique terroir and microclimate.




Creekside Estate Winery

2170 Fourth Avenue
Jordan Station, ON
L0R 1S0

Creekside Photo Fred Couch

Creekside Estate began in 1998 as the vision of owners Peter Jensen and Laura McCain-Jensen. They saw a winery wholly devoted to producing premium VQA wines exclusively from the Niagara Peninsula. They began with 15 acres near Lake Ontario close to the town of Jordan.

A state-of-the-art production facility was built in 1999, featuring stainless steel tanks with extensive refrigeration, a modern bottling line, and an efficient crush pad with a gentle air-bladder press. All additions were steered toward producing wines of uncompromising quality. In 2000, a third building was added to house a showpiece underground barrel cellar with a 600 barrel capacity and an on-site warehouse. This cellar was a state of the art design that captured modern practicality with old-world charm. Creekside has one of the largest underground barrel cellars in Niagara

Creekside's wines have won numerous awards across the entire portfolio, from white wines Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay through red wines Merlot, Cabernet sauvignon and Pinot noir. The company is recognized as an industry leader in pioneering the ever-popular Shiraz as a viable red.

The progression at Creekside continues with numerous projects. By fall 2005, the retail facility will have completed extensive renovations and expansion, with an extended tasting bar, hospitality area, private tasting room and a patio wine bistro and grill. Also upgraded is the product packaging, with a sleek new logo and redesigned label artfully conveying the winery's evolution

WInner of Ontario government’s 2016 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence for Cave Spring’s adaptation of a leading edge technology for wastewater treatment called BioGill. 

In recognition of its efforts in environmentally friendly winemaking, Cave Spring Cellars has been named Ontario’s first certified sustainable winery by Sustainable Winemaking Ontario (SWO)(2016)

Winemaker Rob Power
Assistant Winemaker: Yvonne Irvine

Philosophy: An approach to vineyard maintenance that is proactive rather than reactive. Established winemaking practices alongside technological advances for the best small batch winemaking possible.




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