Wineries of Niagara Peninsula

 

According to VQA Ontario, there are 80 wineries within the Niagara Peninsula; though they are all similar in that they produce wine, they are also all unique with their own individualism and charm, which is the reason why this dynamic (constantly updated) page was constructed. My intention here is to go on a personal journey, to visit each winery in order to learn about the history, the motivation, the practices and the agendas and to discover what makes every winery unique on one-by-one basis. Approaching it appellation-by-appellation I hope to gain an understanding of the ‘terroir’ within the wine as well as why certain grapes are better suited than others. As I have already done, I will share my impressions and thoughts in the OPINIONS (blog) section of this webpage and replace the current external links linking to wineries with links to the article dedicated ONLY to that winery.  Once I accomplish visiting all the wineries within any given sub-appellation, I will highlight the ‘essence’ of the region in a separate article.

 

I am beginning with Beamsville Bench Appellation that contains 12 wineries
– 8 done, 4 more to go.
Created December 21, 2012 – updated May 1st,2013 

 

Appellations of Niagara PeninsulaClick to see larger image

 

Basis for classifications

The Niagara wine growing region is situated on the Niagara Peninsula with one stunning geological formation that plays a key role for this region’s viticulture, the Niagara Escarpment. The Niagara Escarpment is thought to be formed within the Silurian geological period, during which sea levels were about 180m above present day levels {1}, and spanning roughly 21 million years (443.4–419.2 million years ago {2}), different sedimentary layers have formed. Once seas retreated, uneven erosion and repeated glacial advancement/withdrawal during ice-ages exposed different soil types at different topographies, and as the Escarpment is also responsible for regional microclimates, the winegrowing region was subdivided into 10 sub-appellations based on those criteria {3}. The types of soils include sandstones, limestones, shales and dolostones {4}, soils that are nutrient rich and have optimal composition for irrigation/drainage.

 

Climate

Niagara Peninsula is situated around the N43° latitude, right in the middle of the Northern hemisphere’s wine growing belt spanning the N35° to N50° latitudes. In comparison to other cool-climate wine growing regions, including those on the southern hemisphere, Niagara has an average of 1400 GDD (Growing Degree Days – defined as the sum of the monthly mean temperature over 10°C between April 1st and October 31st) that is well above average and is 50 degrees shy of Napa {3}.  Though impressive statistic, Niagara’s wine growing region is still a cool climate region, and cooler climates produce wines that are lighter in body, are more fragrant and higher in acidity – an aspect that when embraced, results in crisp and refreshing whites and food friendly reds.

 

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Alphabetical winery listing – click to expand or to collapse
Alvento Winery – Winery website
Andres Wines (Andrew Peller Ltd.) – Company website
Angel’s Gate Winery – Winery website
Atlantis Niagara Wines – Winery website
Aure Wines – Website
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Between the Lines Winery – Winery website
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Calamus Estate Winery – Winery website
Caroline Cellars – Winery website
Cave Spring Cellars Winery – Winery website
Cattail Creek Estate Winery – Winery website
Chateau Des Charmes
Colaneri Estate Winery – Winery website
Corner Stone Estate Winery – Winery website
Coyote’s Run – Winery website
Creekside Estate Winery – Winery website
Crown Bench Estates Winery
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Daniel Lenko Estate Winery
De Sousa Wine Cellars (Diamond Estates Ltd.) – Winery website
Demoura Winery – Winery website
Di Profio Wines Limited – Winery website
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Featherstone Estate Winery – Winery website
Fielding Estate Winery
Five Rows Craft Wine – Winery website
Flat Rock Cellars Ltd. – Winery website
Foreign Affair Winery – Winery website
Frogpond Farm – Winery website
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Good Earth Vineyard & Winery – Winery website
GreenLane Estate Winery – Winery website
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Harbour Estates Winery – Winery website
Harvest Estate Wines – Winery website
Hernder Estate Wines – Winery website
Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery – Winery website
Hidden Bench Vineyards and Winery
Hillebrand (Trius) Winery (Andrew Peller Ltd.) – Company website
Hinterbrook Estate Winery – Winery website
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Ice House Winery – Winery website
Inniskillin Wines Inc. – Winery website
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Jackson Triggs – Winery website
Josephs Estate Wines Inc. – Winery website
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Kacaba Vineyards Inc. – Winery website
Kittling Ridge Ltd. – Winery website
Konzelmann Estate Winery – Winery website
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Lailey Vineyards – Winery website
Legends Estates Winery – Winery website
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Maleta Estate Winery – Winery website
Malivoire Wine Company – Winery website
Magnotta Cellars – Winery website
Maplegrove Vinoteca Estate Winery – Third party link
Marynissen Estates – Winery website
Megalomaniac winery – John Howard Cellars of Distinction – Winery website
Mike Weir Wine Inc – Winery website
Mountain Road Wine Company
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Niagara College Teaching Winery – Winery website
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Organized Crime Winery
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Palatine Hills Estate – Winery website
Pearl Morissette Estate Winery – Winery website
Peller Estates (Andrew Peller Ltd.) – Company website
Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery Limited – Winery website
Pillitteri Estates Winery Inc – Winery website
Pondview Estate Winery Ltd. – Winery website
Puddicombe Estate Wines Ltd. – Winery website
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Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery – Winery website
Reif Estate Winery – Winery website
Reimer Vineyards Winery – Winery website
Ridgepoint Wines Inc. – Winery website
Ridge Road Estate Winery – Winery website
Riverview Cellars Estate Winery – Winery website
Rockway Glen Estate Winery Inc. – Winery website
Rosewood Estates Winery
Royal DeMaria Wines Co. Ltd. – Winery website
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Southbrook Vineyards – Winery website
Stonechurch Vineyard and Winery Holdings Inc – Winery website
Stoney Ridge Cellars Ltd – Winery website
Stratus Vineyards Limited – Winery website
Strewn Inc. – Winery website
Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery – Winery website
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Tawse Winery Inc. – Winery website
Thirteenth Street Wine Corp – Winery website
Thirty Bench Wine Makers (Andrew Peller Ltd.).
Trius (Hillebrand) Winery (Andrew Peller Ltd.) – Company website
20 Bees (Diamond Estates Ltd.) – Winery website
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Vignoble Rancourt Winery Inc. – Winery website
Vineland Estates Winery Ltd. – Winery website
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Ziraldo Estate Winery – Winery website

 

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APPELLATIONS OF NIAGARA PENINSULA

Vinemount Ridge Appellation


Wineries of Vinemount Ridge Appellation
Aure Wines – Winery website
Calamus Estate Winery – Winery website
De Sousa Wine Cellars (Diamond Estates Ltd.) – Winery website
Ridge Road Estate Winery – Winery website
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View Vinemount Ridge Appellation in a larger map

 

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Lincoln Lakeshore Appellation


Wineries of Lincoln Lakeshore Appellation
Alvento Winery – Winery website
Andres Wines (Andrew Peller Ltd.) – Company website
Atlantis Niagara Wines – Winery website
Corner Stone Estate Winery – Winery website
Foreign Affair Winery – Winery website
GreenLane Estate Winery – Winery website
Good Earth Vineyard & Winery – Winery website
Kittling Ridge Ltd. – Winery website
Legends Estates Winery – Winery website
Magnotta Cellars – Winery website
Maplegrove Vinoteca Estate Winery – Third party link
Puddicombe Estate Wines Ltd. – Winery website
Royal DeMaria Wines Co. Ltd. – Winery website
Stoney Ridge Cellars Ltd – Winery website
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View Lincoln Lakeshore Appellation in a larger map

 

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Beamsville Bench Appellation


Wineries of Beamsville Bench Appellation
Angel’s Gate Winery – Winery website
Daniel Lenko Estate Winery
Crown Bench Estates Winery
Fielding Estate Winery
Hidden Bench Vineyards and Winery
Malivoire Wine Company – Winery website
Mike Weir Wine Inc – Winery website
Mountain Road Wine Company
Organized Crime Winery
Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery Limited – Winery website
Rosewood Estates Winery
Thirty Bench Wine Makers (Andrew Peller Ltd.).
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View Beamsville Bench Appellation in a larger map

 

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Twenty Mile Bench Appellation


Wineries of Twenty Mile Bench Appellation
Featherstone Estate Winery – Winery website
Flat Rock Cellars Ltd. – Winery website
Megalomaniac winery – John Howard Cellars of Distinction – Winery website
Kacaba Vineyards Inc. – Winery website
Ridgepoint Wines Inc. – Winery website
Rockway Glen Estate Winery Inc. – Winery website
Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery – Winery website
Tawse Winery Inc. – Winery website
Vineland Estates Winery Ltd. – Winery website
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View Twenty Mile Bench Appellation in a larger map

 

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Creek Shores Appellation


Wineries of Creek Shores Appellation
Cave Spring Cellars Winery – Winery website
Creekside Estate Winery – Winery website
Di Profio Wines Limited – Winery website
Harbour Estates Winery – Winery website
Harvest Estate Wines – Winery website
Pearl Morissette Estate Winery – Winery website
Thirteenth Street Wine Corp – Winery website
Ziraldo Estate Winery – Winery website
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View Creek Shores Appellation in a larger map

 

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Short Hills Bench Appellation

Wineries of Short Hills Bench Appellation
Hernder Estate Wines – Winery website
Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery – Winery website

 

 

 

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View Short Hills Bench Appellation in a larger map

 

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Niagara Lakeshore Appellation


Wineries of Niagara Lakeshore Appellation
Hinterbrook Estate Winery – Winery website
Jackson Triggs – Winery website
Josephs Estate Wines Inc. – Winery website
Konzelmann Estate Winery – Winery website
Palatine Hills Estate – Winery website
Pillitteri Estates Winery Inc – Winery website
Stonechurch Vineyard and Winery Holdings Inc – Winery website
Stratus Vineyards Limited – Winery website
Strewn Inc. – Winery website
Vignoble Rancourt Winery Inc. – Winery website
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View Niagara Lakeshore Appellation in a larger map

 

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Four Mile Creek Appellation


Wineries of Four Mile Creek Appellation
20 Bees (Diamond Estates Ltd.) – Winery website
Between the Lines Winery – Winery website
Caroline Cellars – Winery website
Cattail Creek Estate Winery – Winery website
Coyote’s Run – Winery website
Demoura Winery – Winery website
Frogpond Farm – Winery website
Hillebrand Winery (Andrew Peller Ltd.) – Company website
Marynissen Estates – Winery website
Pondview Estate Winery Ltd. – Winery website
Reimer Vineyards Winery – Winery website
Southbrook Vineyards – Winery website
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View Four Mile Creek Appellation in a larger map

 

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St. David’s Bench Appellation


Wineries of St. David’s Bench Appellation
Chateau Des Charmes
Colaneri Estate Winery – Winery website
Five Rows Craft Wine – Winery website
Maleta Estate Winery – Winery website
Niagara College Teaching Winery – Winery website
Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery – Winery website
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View St. David’s Bench Appellation in a larger map

 

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Niagara River Appellation

Wineries of Niagara River Appellation
Inniskillin Wines Inc. – Winery website
Lailey Vineyards – Winery website
Peller Estates (Andrew Peller Ltd.) – Company website
Reif Estate Winery – Winery website
Riverview Cellars Estate Winery – Winery website
Ice House Winery – Winery website
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View Niagara River Appellation in a larger map

 

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Shawn McCormick from UncorkOntario developed a FREE mobile app that allows people to see other wineries when in the area.
http://uncorkontario.com/about-the-uncorkontario-app/

 

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References:

1. Haq, B. U.; Schutter, SR (2008). “A Chronology of Paleozoic Sea-Level Changes”. Science 322 (5898): 64–68. Bibcode 2008Sci…322…64H.
doi:10.1126/science.1161648. PMID 18832639.
2. Gradstein, Felix M.; Ogg, J. G.; Smith, A. G. (2004). A Geologic Time Scale 2004. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521786738.
3. The Wine Country Ontario. www.winecountryontario.ca
and http://winecountryontario.ca/media-centre
4. Ontario Geological Survey, 1991; Haynes, 1992; J. Menzies and E.M Taylor, 1998
5. Appellation information and maps were obtained from http://vqaontario.ca and is used with permission. http://www.vqaontario.com/Resources/Library

 

11 thoughts on “Wineries of Niagara Peninsula

  1. Under the Beamsville Bench sub-appellation, you say it has 13 wineries. However, you also say “7 down and 5 to go”. That makes 12. I can only count 12 (actually 11 because Mike Weir is not open). Am I missing one?
    Thanks,
    Fred

  2. Great resource Dan! With some of the openings, closings, and mergers, I don’t know if all of them are still active (I think East Dell was merged with 20Bees at their location wasn’t it). It might be worth checking against my app data and seeing if either of us have missed some…

    • Hi Shawn. To my knowledge, East Dell is now part of Diamond Estates, just like 20 Bees and Lakeview Cellars Estate. Google still shows those wineries, so I am assuming that people can still stop by. Next time I am in the area, I will investigate.

      Thank you for your comment
      Dan

      • EastDell is closed. It will re-open as Mike Weir Winery next year.
        Birchwood is no longer there. The building is now GreenLane Winery.
        Lakeview Winery in Beamsville is closed and is just a production area for another winery.
        Thomas & Vaughan hasn’t been open for years! The building is empty and the plans are for Tawse to open a new winery there in a couple of years.
        Willow Heights hasn’t been open for years. It was home to Wayne Gretzky Winery but WG is now made by Peller Estates. The former Willow Heights Winery building if vacant. Not sure of the future use.
        Trillium Hill has been closed for many, many years.

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