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The Ontario's Niagara Peninsula

Wineries A-C

Vineland Estate Winery
Vineland Estate Winery

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’.

The Moos have since retired. The 13.4-acre vineyard is now owned by Zhang’s family. Vidal, Baco Noir, and Marquette are the main grapes grown. They have a newly renovated tasting room.

Danny Zhang graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Windsor in 2014, he then promptly ventured out into the world of Toronto finance to start his career as a banker. In the heart of the city, he honed his skills as a photographer, and every summer he returned to his parent’s peach farm in Jordan Ontario to help with the peach harvest. In 2018, his family made a big decision to purchase the long closed down Alvento Winery. By taking over the role as General Manager, Danny has discovered that the art of winemaking gives him a space to embrace his creative roots. Through the rebranding and revitalization of Alvento Winery, Danny hopes that the wines will inspire you in the same way they have inspired him. In his spare time, Danny can be found editing photos, creating short films, and exploring Niagara’s local cuisine

Angels Gate Estate Winery

4260 Mountainview Road
Beamsville ON L0R 1B2

Angels Gate Estate Winery

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 have over 250 acres of vineyards including their Estate Winery 6.5 acres, Kew Vineyards 85 Acres, Mountainview Vineyards 15 acres first panted in 1950, Angels Step Vineyards 25 acres Kew Ridge Vineyards 60 Acres, Wismer Vineyards Emerald Shore, and the St John Vineyards

Winemaker: Philip Dowell VP of Production

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

Atlantis Niagara Wines Inc.

4524 John Street.
Beamsville, ON
L0R 1B0

Their winery 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. The winery opened in July 2018.

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. They also produce cider.

 The wraparound patio alone seats up to 500 people, and the interior, with 8,000 square feet of space, is equally impressive with a huge island bar that cost upward of $100,000 alone. Barbque and rock music prevail. Throughout the tasting room there are Atlantis-themed furnishings (a lot of palm tree decorations!) and expensive LED lights that illuminate the bar (and pond outside) at night. Kocsis has installed state-of-the-art speakers and large wide-screen HD TVs around the inside of the facility that will show and play a steady diet of whatever music the occasion calls for.


Philosophy: Only hand made from start to finish

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. It was on a cold January day that a Realtor showed them a derelict 10 acre  property in Beamsville, that they could barely afford.   “We will take it”, they said…and the rest is history. Back 10 Cellars started with a big dream , pure will, gumption and determination. “


Bench Trails



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 trade-craft, 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 viticultural 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 



Between the Lines

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

Between the Lines

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

The vision for Between The Lines is to continue to build a winery rooted in the principles of innovation. We want to challenge the boundaries of Niagara winemaking and offer our guests and drinkers a dynamic experience. Regardless of what is going on at the winery, the best part of my day is taking visitors on tour of our property and walking them through a wine tasting. The looks on their faces when they taste that one wine they’ve been looking for is what makes this all worth it.

They claim the first sparkling wine in a can- Outset

Winemaker: Yannick Wertsch

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


Big Head Wine Co

823 Line 6 Road

Big Head Wine Co

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

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.


Byland Estates

834 Line 3 Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Byland Estate Winery is a 13-acre vineyard owned by Jackson Bai since 2015. Acquired from Italian veteran, Frank Di Paola, whom has over 3 decades of grape growing experience, this vineyard has provided high quality grapes for Magnotta Winery (third largest Ontarian winery) for 25 years. The vineyard always grows high-quality wine grapes, with a spiritual inheritance of strict management, standard operation and the pursuit for perfection.

Byland Estate Winery gets its name from being synonymous with the Niagara Peninsula of Canada. The scenic label image is sourced from the hometown of the owner, Jackson Bai, in memories of the Bai family in China. He used the term "Byland" as the name and logo of the winery to reflect the spiritual imprint left by the two countries, and to return what nature has given.



Calamus Estate Winery

3100 Glen Road
Jordan, ON
L0R 1S0

Peter and Rosalee Van-Helsdingen and family will be taking the Calamus reins as of September 5th 2018. Peter and Rosalee are the owners of Feastivities Events and Catering serving the Niagara region since Peter's father started the company in 1971.

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.

The patio, which seats 82 people on the main deck and another 36 on the upper VIP level, overlooks a vineyard and the nearby Ball’s Falls Conservation Area. Below there is a fire pit, around which people will be able to enjoy icewine s’mores (the marshmallows are made of Niagara’s signature drink). And at the top of the building, Van-Helsdingen has kept the former owner’s 360-degree telescope, where his once-a-month stargazing nights are always sold out.

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 Appellation,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

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.

Cave Spring Cellars

3836 Main Street,
Jordan, ON

Located on the Niagara Peninsula. Cave Spring has two tasting rooms. One in the historical town of Jordan Village. They have vineyards on the Beamsville Bench also with a tasting room, rated as one of the best micro-climates for the cultivation of Vinifera grapes. Cave Spring was founded in 1986 by grape grower Leonard Pennachetti and winemaker Angelo Pavan. "At Cave Spring 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, including Icewine.

Located in an historic winery building dating back to 1871, Cave Spring boasts the oldest functioning wine cellars in all of Ontario . In 1978, Cave Spring Vineyard was among the first vineyards planting Weis’ proprietary Riesling Clone 21 (often referred to the Weis Clone and is the most planted Riesling clone in Canada), followed in 1979-80 when HermannWeis planted three other Niagara Escarpment vineyards around Beamsville and Vineland. He then went on to establish Vineland Estates winery in 1983.

 Len Pennachetti, co-founder of Cave Spring Vineyard., late in 2020 the Governor-General named him to the Order of Canada, citing “his key role in developing the Ontario wine industry and for fostering tourism in the Niagara Peninsula region.”

Cave Springs winemaker Angelo Pavan and co-founder receives winemaker of the year award at the Cuvee Tasting and Gala 2018.

In the summer of 2021 Cave Spring will break ground on a new tasting room at their Beamsville Vineyards

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

2059 Niagara Stone Rd.

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.


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 Chardonnays 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 honoured 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 Vice president Winemaking and Director of Oenology at Chateau des Charmes

"Making wine is not what we do it's who we are".
-- The Bosc family


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

3795 Victoria Ave,
Vineland, ON 

A a boutique winery located in the heart of the Twenty Mile Bench subregion of Niagara, Ontario. owned by Adam Lowy. Cloudsley Cellars is solely dedicated to creating Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Produced with minimal intervention, the wines reflect the unique terroir of the Twenty Mile Bench appellation and show vibrant acidity, excellent balance, minerality and energy.

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.


Commisso at Villa Bacchus Winery

564 Kemp Rd E
Beamsville, ON
L0R 1B2

The winery is owned by Frank Commisso. The name of the winery is based off of the owner’s last name, as well as his love of Italian wines. The inspiration is to create an Italian-influenced winery in the heart of Beamsville wine region.

It all started 60 years ago, when Frank’s parents relocated him and his siblings down to a 30 acre farm in Beamsville, ON, the same farm which Villa Bacchus is situated on today. As Frank’s family grew, he decided it was time to take a leap in making his wine dream come true and decided to construct Villa Bacchus, which has been the main winery building for the past few years. With us completing our first few harvests, we were able to bottle our first vintages in 2019 and are very excited for the potential 2020 brings.

The winery has 6 acres of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, & Riesling planted at the estate with another 24 acres coming into production within a couple of years.

They specialize in Appassimento style wines.

Winemaker: Andrzej Lipinski
Winemaking Philosophy: To create high-quality wine at an affordable price. We strive on highlighting unique varietal features while using the latest winemaking techniques to create an outstanding wines.

Appointment only



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

Jerry Kopanski has a well-established agricultural background and was born and raised on a farm. He attended the University of Agriculture and graduated as a fruit grower specialist. 

In 1999, he ambitiously purchased a fruit farm in Beamsville Ontario and converted it into a working vineyard. In 2002, he began turning his farm’s grapes into a variety of wines. The business quickly progressed and in 2004 he built a brand new facility to increase wine production. Cornerstone was proudly opened to the public in 2005. 

Clinton Ang is the new owner.

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.


Contraband Sparkling Wine c.

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


Creekside Estate Winery

2170 Fourth Avenue
Jordan Station, ON
L0R 1S0

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)

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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