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Tasting in Niagara Wine Country (August 4, 2004)

The best of Ontario wines never make it to the LCBO shelves. Sometimes they may turn up in Vintages' releases, but for the most part they are hidden gems. They are sold at the winery either because they are limited production or because they're too costly for the general list. So to discover them you'll have to venture down to the Niagara Peninsula for a day in wine country. Apart from the wine there, are some great dining experiences to be had at some key wineries.

Many of the new wineries have names that may be unfamiliar to you. In addition to tasting their products, if you want to tour their facility it's advisable to contact the winery before you go to find out the appropriate times. Some wineries charge a nominal fee for tastings, others are free and some will reimburse you if you buy the bottle.

Here are the contact details of wineries in the Niagara Peninsula whose products you won't find unless to go to them. All have phones; some have email and websites.

Angels Gate Winery
4260 Mountainview Rd.
Beamsville, Ontario L0R 1B2
905-563-3942; 1-877-ANG-GATE
mail@angelsgatewinery.com
www.angelsgatewinery.com
Tours: summer months and weekends
Try: Old Vines Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Creekside Estate
2170 Fourth Avenue
Jordan Station, Ontario L0R 1S0
1-877-262-9463; 905-562-5493
wineryinfo@cedarcreekestatewinery.com
www.cedarcreekwinery.com
Tours: By appointment
Try: Laura's Blend, Sauvignon Blanc

Crown Bench Estates
3850 Aberdeen Road
Beamsville, Ontario L0R 1B7
1-888-537-6192
winery@crownbenchestates.com
www.crownbenchestates.com
Tours: By appointment
(Third weekend of every month they do food & wine pairings)
Try: Chardonnay

Daniel Lenko Estate Winery
5246 King Street West
Beamsville, Ontario LOR 1B3
905-563-7756, 905-563-8622
905-563-3317
oldvines@daniellenko.com
www.daniellenko.com
Tours: No tours but you get to taste in Mother Lenko's kitchen and usually get pie.
Try: Chardonnay, Viognier, Late Harvest (if there are any wines left)

EastDell Estates Winery
4041 Locust Lane
Beamsville, Ontario L0R 1B2
905-563-9463
winery@eastdell.com
www.eastdell.com
Tours: Self-guided tours seven days a week (They also own Thomas & Vaughan)
Try: Rose

Featherstone Winery & Vineyard
3678 Victoria Ave.
Vineland, Ontario L0R 2C0
905-562-1949
www.featherstonewinery.ca
Tours: By appointment
Try: Vidal Blanc, Gemstone Red

Frogpond Farm
1385 Larkin Rd. RR#6
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
905-468-1079
Tours: Saturday 1–4 pm or by appointment
Try: Organic Riesling, Organic Cabernet Merlot

Harvest Estate
1179 Fourth Avenue
St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 6P9
905-682-0080
wine@harvestwines.com
www.harvestwines.com
Tours: By appointment only
Try: Dry Riesling, Riesling icewine

Kacaba Vineyards
3550 King Street East
Vineland, Ontario L0R 2C0
905-562-5625
staff@kacaba.com
www.kacaba.com
Tours: By appointment (50 cent per sample, proceeds to Child Fund)
Try: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon

Lailey Vineyard
15940 Niagara Parkway
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0
905-468-0503
tonya@laileyvineyard.com
www.laileyvineyard.com
Tours: By request only
Try: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zweigelt

Legends Estates
4888 Ontario Street North,
Beamsville, Ontario L0R 1B3
905-563-6500
info@legendsestates.com
www.legendsestates.com
Tours: By appointment
Try: Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir

Maleta Vineyards
450 Queenston Road. RR#4
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario LOS 1J0
905-685-8486
info@maletawinery.com
www.maletawinery.com
Tours: By appointment
Try: Meritage, Gamay Noir

Malivoire Wine Company
4260 King Street East
Beamsville, Ontario L0R 1B0
905-563-9253, 1-866-644-2244
wine@malivoire.com
www.malivoire.com
Tours: Atelier Malivoire is a workshop program that offers an experience that is personalized to visitors' areas of interest. Minimum group size 4, maximum 12. $20 per person. By appointment only.
Try: Moira Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir

Mountain Road Wine Company
4016 Mountain Street
Beamsville, Ontario L0R 1B7
905-563-0745
info@mountainroad.com
www.mountainroadwine.com
Tours: Mon - Sat: 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, holidays: 11 am to 5 pm
Try: Baco Noir, Unoaked Chardonnay

Palatine Hills Estate
911 Lakeshore Road, RR#3
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0
905-646-9617
palatinewines@sympatico.ca
www.palatinehillsestatewinery.com
Tours: daily, 10 am to 5 pm
Try: Vidal icewine, Riesling

Ridgepoint Wines
3900 Cherry Avenue
Vineland, Ontario L6A 2G2
905-562-8853
info@ridgepointwines.com
www.ridgepointwines.com
Tours: By appointment or "by chance"
Try: Nebbiolo, Sangiovese

Riverview Cellars Winery
15376 Niagara Parkway
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0
905-262-0636
winery@riverviewcellars.com
www.riverviewcellars.com
Tours: Daily from May 1st until Sept 1st, upon request

Thomas and Vaughan Vintners
4245 King Street
Beamsville, Ontario
905-563-7737
Thomas@thomasandvaughan.com
www.ThomasandVaughan.com
Tours: By appointment or self guided at any time
Try: Meritage, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

 

 

 

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