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The Ontario Niagara Peninsula Wineries L-Q


Lailey Vineyard

15940 Niagara Parkway
Niagara on the Lake, ON L0S 1J0


The history of the Lailey winery goes back to 1950's when William Lailey (a pioneer of Canadian viticulture) planted and propagated some of Niagara's first French hybrid varieties. In 1970 Donna and David Lailey purchased the land and began a steady transformation of the 20-acre farm into a vineyard. Their high quality grapes were sought out by many wineries The vineyards nurture some of the oldest vines in Canada.

The Lailey's decided in the early 1980's to process their grapes themselves. Donna was the only female founding member of the Vintner's Quality Alliance (VQA), and in 1991 was crowned the first ever Grape Queen of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.


In 2000 Derek Barnett and his wife Judith became business partners with Donna and David Lailey, and their daughter Tonya and her husband Yves Starreveld. Together they opened the small quality driven winery on the Lailey family farm located on the Niagara parkway. The 23 acres (three are brand new) are planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

In the fall of 2002, Lailey Vineyard released 25 cases of 2001 Chardonnay that had been fermented and aged in Canadian oak barrels. This was the very first release of Canadian oak - aged wine in the world

Winemaker:Derek Barnett
Philosophy: purpose and passion lie in developing flavours that are authentic, distinctive and, most importantly, delicious.



Le Clos Jordanne

2450 South Service Road
Jordan,ON L0R 1S0


Vincor International( Now Constellation Brands) and Boisset, La Famille des Grands Vins, of Nuits-St-Georges, France, revealed the design for Le Clos Jordan Winery on Canada's Niagara Peninsula. The vision started in 1998 when Boisset traveled to the region and fell in love with the terroir. Vines were planted in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

The first vintage is expected in 2006 as the principal vineyard was planted in 2002 with vines shipped from a nursery in Burgundy, France. The winery produces only Pinot Noir and chardonnay using traditional Burgundian techniques to capture the distinct Niagara terroir

The name Clos in French in an enclosure. The four Le Clos Jordanne vineyards (130 acres) are enclosed around the village of Jordan (in French-Jordanne). The location was chosen because the vineyards have similar soils and slopes to the Cote d'or in Burgundy

The wineries vision is to create world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Le Clos Jordanne has created an audible buzz in the wine world. First, its 2005 Claystone Terrace Chardonnay captured the top spot for Chardonnay in the “Judgment of Montreal” experts' tasting; now, at the recent Ontario Wine Awards, Le Clos Jordanne Winemaker Thomas Bachelder was named Winemaker of the Year 2009

Winemaker: Sebastien Jacquey
Philosophy: To capture the distinct essence of the Niagara terroir using purity, passion and precision.

Not open to the public, organic certified



Legends Estate Winery

4888 Ontario Street North
Beamsville, ON L0R 1B3



Legends is a family owned winery located in Beamsville Ontario. In 1946, patriarch John Lizak planted the seeds of enterprise on a tender fruit farm of a dozen acres. The fertile soil and microclimate of the Niagara peninsula fed his passion and as time passed, the customs of working the land were handed down from father, to son, to grandson.

The wineries main location was chosen as it has a great climate, buffered by the lake . This helps to moderate the harsh cold and the extreme heat. This way the vines sustain less damage by both cold and heat.

A half century later, a boutique winery was born near Lake Ontario under John's grandson, Paul Lizak; two-hundred acres of fruit and signature grapes to be farmed carefully and harvested gently. A place where history of the past and vision for the future have struck a fine balance; the perfect symmetry of tradition and technology.

Paul along with his sister Danielle and their parents Ted and Diane. Legends has over 200 acres of fruit and grapes.

Legends has been named Niagara's Most Unique Winery. Paul Liz akI think the four key points some up why we are unique."Steeped in Tradition" Distinguished by Difference" and "Crafted with Refinement"

The winery supports Canada's Olympic Culinary Team

Signature Wines
Chardonnay Reserve, Pinot Noir,Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Gewürztraminer


Winemaker: Serge Papineau

Philosophy: It takes time to build a legend. That's the philosophy behind everything at Legends Estates Winery. It's not just tending vines, it's cultivating relationships. It's acknowledging the special bond between our work, the sun, the soil, and the elements that help us produce wines of exemplary character.

We value the connection with our customers; giving them personal attention, face-to-face exchange with our expert winemaker, and the opportunity to experience wine making with a slow, meticulous approach to perfection. We teach those who wish to learn and expand the vistas of those who know.





Leaning Post


1491 Hwy 8
Stoney Creek, ON
L8E 5K9



A leaning post is what you find at the beginning of a row of grapes, anchoring the wires that are the frame-work for growing grapevines. Leaning Post started as Virtual Winery owned by Ilya and Nadia Senchuk who hail from Winnipeg.

The name Leaning Post represents the essence of their project. Just as grapes can't grow on their own, they need the support of posts and wires, Nadia and Ilya have had to rely on the support of family and friends to make their virtual dream a reality.

Ilya honed his craft as a winemaker, first as winemaker at Daniel Lenko Estate Winery in Beamsville, Ontario for eight years, a vintage at Te Kairanga wines in Martinborough, New Zealand, and most recently as winemaker at The Foreign Affair Winery in Vineland, Ontario

Winemaker: Ilya Senchuk





Magnotta Winery

4701 Ontario Street
Beamsville, ON



Winery founders Gabe and Roseanna Di Zio Magnotta started their winery in 1989 selling directly to consumers. They now rank as Ontario's third largest seller of wines with seven locations. In 1989 they had two wines, today they have 180 including Enotrium,Vidal Icewine and Sparkling Icewines.
Gabe and Rossana Di Zio Magnotta are the primary shareholders, Magnotta is a public company

Magnotta produces wines from grapes grown on its four vineyards totaling 180 acres in Ontario 's Niagara Peninsula and on its 351 acre vineyard in Chile 's Maipo Valley. Grapes grown on its 180 acre Ontario vineyards are entirely processed and vinified for their own use.

With over 2400 awards to date they stand firm in their principle as “The Award Winning Winery”. Many of these awards include gold medals from prestigious wine competitions from all over the world such as VinExpo (France) and VinItaly (Italy). Magnotta is also the first and only Canadian winery to have ever won 4 Black Diamond Trophies from Intervin International (United States) for Winery Consistency and Quality. This is awarded at the Intervin International competition to the winery with the most gold medals at the year's competition.

They source grapes from other parts of the world to make their wine. They own a major vineyard
in Maipo Valley, Chile. Magnotta Vaughan (Toronto) is the company's flagship facility. Located at the Hwy. 400 and Hwy. 7 crossroads. They also have a major facility in Beamsville

Magnotta sells directly to the public, bypassing LCBO mark-ups. The only company of its kind in Canada , licensed to produce and sell wine, beer and distilled products. Kittling Ridge, now a proud new brand of Magnotta Winery

Signature wines: Enotrium, Icewine and Sparkling Icewine

Winemakers: Peter Rotar (Vaughan) and Marco Zamuner (Beamsville)
Philosophy: Creativeness, innovation, and a coupling of old world traditions and state-of-the-art facilities, the perfect marriage of the art of winemaking.

One of Canada's noted Icewine producers. Magnotta continues to grow and expand its market. Nationally, Magnotta has distributors in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and eastern Canada. International markets include exports to the United States, Taiwan and China.





Maleta Estate Winery Ltd.

Maleta Estate Winery
450 Queenston Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0


Stan Maleta was a at home basement winemaker who followed his dream and became a successful vintner of quality niagara wine. He spent over eight years searching for the right location to establish his vineyards, purchasing 17 Acres where one of the original Ontario wineries Sunnieholme Winery was started in 1918.

Stan is a die hard red wine man but has achieved wonderful success with the vineyards 25-year old Riesling vines; winning a medal for his 1999 Riesling Reserve Off-Dry in Germany. Stan's wife Marilyn also plays a major role in the success of the winery, Marilyn helped design an Ontario Wine Poster.

The business operates under the Cadenza Wines name but the winery retains its Maleta trade names. Daniel Pambianchi, is President and General Manager of Cadenza Wines Inc

Winemaker: Arthur Harder





Malivoire Wine Company

4260 King Street East
P.O. Box 475
Beamsville, ON L0R 1B0


Martin Malivoire located his winery theorizing that the Beamsville Bench of the Niagara Peninsula offers many features similar to the great vineyards of Alsace and Burgundy. Here aspect, soil, drainage, airflow and other meso-climactic factors combine to produce uniqueness in our wines – “le goût de terroir.” Currently totaling 50 acres, the estate has two vineyards approximately one kilometer apart on the Bench. The “Moira” Vineyard, acquired first, is now planted to Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. With the addition of the second vineyard, Gamay was added to the list.

Malivoire's location is also an exceptional site for their gravity winery. The hillside drop is ideal for our pump-free winemaking process. This gentle approach also extends to the stewardship of our vineyards we do not use insecticides or herbicides We use natural deterrents to repel threats to the vines and have used ladybugs as a natural predator of grapevine leafhoppers.

They chose a ladybug as their winery’s symbol to represent balance, the importance of the vineyards and their responsibility to steward their land with sensitivity to the environment. Their symbol, Hippodamia convergens, is the naturally-occurring ladybug in this area and is a desirable, beneficial insect in the vineyard. balance, in nature as in everything, is critical.

Ladybug and Guilty Men are wines that occupy a special place in the Malivoire portfolio. Widely available across Canada

Winemaker: Shiraz Mottiar
Philosophy: Our quality is rooted in the vineyard."




Maple Grove Estate Winery

4063 North Service Road
Beamsville, ON L0R 1B0


The second of two wineries owned by Rosanna and Giovanni Follegot, their first being Vinoteca in Woodbridge. Their Niagara operation, Maple Grove Vineyard and Winery is nestled in the Niagara wine region. It is situated on the shores of Lake Ontario on the QEW near Vineland, an excellent location for the production of vinifera grapes. It is dedicated to producing fine grapes such as Merlot, Cabernets, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and transforming them into fine wines using traditional manual methods as it was done half a century ago.

Winemaker: Giovanni Follegot
Philosophy: "Grow grapes the best way I know how, transform them into wines that reflect the unique characteristics of Ontario wines, while I experience and improve along the way as well."




Marynissen Estates

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


Marynissen Estates

The Marynissen family established the winery in 1990 . The winery producing only estate-grown wine which have potential to age gracefully, providing enjoyment for several years after release.

The winery uses oak for fermenting and aging,including Troçais.Allier, Nevers and some American Oak. This winery charges for tours and tasting. Noted for Vidal Icewine.

In June 2012 the winery sold to a chinese interest

Winemaker:  Gord Robert
Philosophy: We believe that exceptional wines come from exceptional grapes; working with nature and producing wines as natural as possible.



Megalomaniac Winery

3930 Cherry Avenue
Vineland Ontario
LOR 2C0



A John Howard Cellars of Distinction Winery. Megalomaniac wine is a retirement project of John Howard . The winery located in Vineland has 110 acres. Grapes include Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot

Winemaker: Sue Ann Staff
Philosophy: We make wines of distinction without compromise

* photo by Fred Couch



Mike Weir Estates Winery





 

Mike Weir Wines will now be made in conjunction with Château des Charmes of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the winery that planted Niagara's first commercial vinifera vineyard 30 years ago and has the distinction of being one of the most highly decorated wineries in Canadian history.

Mike Wier is a professional golfer who won the Masters in 2003

Mike Weir Wines are also produced in the Okanagan




Mountain Road Wine Company

4016 Mountain Street
Beamsville, ON L0R 1B7


Mountain Road Wine Company started with the establishment of its first vineyards in 1983 by owner and winemaker Steve Kocsis on a farm originally purchased by his parents Andy and Klara in 1958. Thirteen and a half acres of Chardonnay, Gamay Noir and Vidal vines were planted on the sloping terrain of the Beamsville Bench. As the vines matured to express the unique soil and aspect of the vineyard, the grapes became more and more sought after by various local wineries.

Steve began under the tutelage of Deborah Paskus. produced his first commercial wine, a 1999 Vidal Icewine. It won a Gold medal and was judged to be the Best Sweet White Wine at the Cellars of the World International Competition in Ottawa. His barreled aged Chardonnay 2000 won a gold medal in 2004 at the Cuvee Awards

Steve Kocsis operates 33 hectares of vineyards in the Beamsville Bench. Annual production is limited to about 2,000 cases to maintain hands-on quality control at every step from growing the grapes to making the wine.


Winemaker: Steve Kocsis




Niagara College Winery

Niagara College, Glendale Campus
135 Taylor Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON



Niagara College winery

Located in the Niagara peninsula wine region, the Niagara College Teaching Winery forms an integral part of training for students in the wine industry. The Teaching Winery complements of existing Jack Forrer Vineyard - a six-acre teaching and research vineyard at the Glendale Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Our wine is retailed on site and proceeds from their sales help finance the educational endeavors of Niagara College's School of Horticulture and Agribusiness.

Wines are crafted by teams of students under the head winemakers's supervision. Niagara College wines are entered into professional wine competitions and have won numerous medals for their high quality VQA wines.

The grapes come from Jack Forrer Vineyard production runs about 1000 cases.

Prince Charles commemorated the opening of the Wine Visitor and Education Centre at Niagara College on November 5th 2009. The Royal Visit is the lead event celebrating the opening of the $3.6 million Wine Visitor and Education Centre, a unique state-of-the-art industry centre set in the College's teaching vineyards. The Centre will showcase and promote the Ontario and Canadian wine industry, provide wine tourism information services, and feature academic and wine industry programming

Winemaker: Terence Van Rooyen



Nyarai Cellars

4055 19 St
Jordan, Ontario, Canada
L0R 1S0

Nyarai Cellars

A virtual winery established in 2008. Nyarai is a South African name meaning to be humble .
A virtual winery does not have a physical location for retailing for tasting's. They sell on line or to restaurants.

Grapes are source from the Niagara Peninsula and the wines produced at another winery

Winemaker: Steve Byfield
Philosophy: From sensible virticultural practices coupled with proven winemaking techniques our aim is to present an honest expression of regional terrior




Organized Crime.

403 Mountainview Road
Beamsville, ON L0R 1B7

Organized Crime Winery

Located on the Beamsville Bench the name refers to a dispute between rival congregations of Mennonites near Beamsville, which resulted in one group stealing and destroying the other flock’s pipe organ. Their vineyard is south facing producing small quantities of wine. Owned by winegrowers Jan and Krystyna Tarasewicz

Winemaker: Ross Wise





Palatine Hills Estate Winery

911 Lakeshore Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0


Having successfully sold their grapes to other wineries for more than 30 years, owners John and Barbara Neufeld found themselves with a surplus in 1998, and decided to collaborate with winemaker David Hojnoski to produce a small batch of icewine. They have succeed in producing some great "juices and Ice wines.They now produce Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as their award-winning Vidal Icewine.

Their wines are sold in Ontario. Manitoba, New York and Pennsylvania. Their wines can also be found in Thialand and Mexico.

John Neufeld was raised in the area and and familiar with its history. Palatine is a name chosen from a historic map of Niagara on the Lake. It is an area that was given to British Generals in Canada, in lieu, of payment for services rendered. Originating in Rome, the name was transferred to Germany, then to England, and then to Canada.

Signature wines include Icewines, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay,Riesling Traminer, Fume Blanc

Icewine producer of the year in 2006

Winemaker: Jeff Innes
Philosophy: Produce the best that we can provided Mother Nature helps.





Pear Morissett Estate Winery

3953 Jordan Rd, Vineland
ON L0R 2C0


A partnership of Mel Pearl, a Toronto developer with an affinity for wine, and Francois Morissette, a Burgundy trained Vigneron, who together chose a local historical property in Jordan to be the primary base of the operation and the winery. They started in 2008 by replanted the vineyards.

There will be be a 42 Acre Vineyard with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and Riesling.
Current wines are made with grapes grown on their 10 Acre Bench Vineyard

winemaker Francois Morissette




Peller Estate Winery

290 John Street East
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0

Peller estates

More than twenty-five years ago, this European winemaker traveled to the Niagara Peninsula with the dream to create premium quality wines in Canada, wines that would proudly bear his family name. These would be wines that could proudly bear his family name and that could rival any wine grown in any region of North America. Andrew Peller's knowledge and experience as a maker of fine wines told him that the best wines invariably start with excellent grapes. He eventually settled into the Niagara Peninsula which provided the perfect location for growing these excellent wine grapes. As time passed, Andrew's son Joseph and grandson John continued to pursue his dream.

A winery situated on a forty acre site opened its doors in April 2001. An ideal location for corporate and incentive retreats in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake's wine country. Their restaurant features country cuisine in a picturesque setting overlooking the vineyards.

Winemaker: Katie Dickieson
The Founder's Series of wines reflects the proud heritage of Peller Estates and the Peller family. Three generations of winemaking expertise have culminated in this flagship brand.




Pillitteri Estates Winery

1696 Niagara Stone Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0




Gary and Lena Pillitteri settled in Niagara on the Lake to raise their family in 1965.  They purchased a small fruit farm on Niagara Stone Road. In 1973 they opened Gary's Fruit Market (which actually still operates today in the east wing of the winery).The markey grew and so did Gary's interest in wines shortly after the first winery open near by he planted the famlies first vineyard.

By 1988 Gary decided to experiment by making a small batch of Vidal Icewine. The Icewine was later entered into a wine competition where it won a gold medal. This achievement solidified the idea to open a winery in Niagara's newly emerging wine industry. During the next 5 years the farm and the market underwent several changes to convert the property into a winery. The winery opened June 1993.

Pillitteri Estates Winery has been honoured with more than 700 wine awards, at both domestic and international competitions. These include the coveted Civart Trophy from the Challenge International du Vin, for their 2007 Riesling Icewine, two Grand Medaillo d'Oro from Vinitaly, Verona, Italy and a rare Double Gold Medal from the American Wine Society in the United States. Pillitteri achieved international acclaim in 2005 by winning North America's only wine award at Effervescents du Monde and then going on to win their highest honour in 2009 with a rare Grand Gold, and 1st Place Overall for their 2008 Sparkling Cabernet Icewine.

The winery has a beautiful tasting facility where you can combine the tasting experience with lunch

Their wines can be found in USA, Central Americaa, South America, Asia, Europe and Australia. Inn China Icewine can be found through CANBEST.

Winemaker: Aleksandar Kolundzic

Philosophy: to produce the finest wines possible from the highest quality grapes grown in Niagara .  Achieving this requires a complex strategy that involves emphasizing the unique characteristics of each vineyard and allowing each wine to express its own ‘personality'




Pondview Estate Winery

925 Line 2 - R.R. 2
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0


The Puglisi Family were producers of wine in Italy before Giuseppe Puglisi emigrated to Canada in 1965, he brought with him his passion for grape-growing and wine-making. His son, Luciano (Lou), who has been passed the torch and now carries on the family tradition with the beautiful PondView Estate Winery. Luciano and Adriana Puglisi are owners their son is the winemaker

Luciano (Lou), was crowned 2008 Grape King, a Ministry of Agriculture award for the finest vineyard operator in Ontario.

Winemaker: Luciano Puglis
Philosophy: "Great Wine is a Harmony of Earth and Vine Our wines are a reflection of our "Bella Terra" our "Beautiful Earth". We are proud of the very unique and fertile terroir that flows through all our wines


Four Mile Creek Sub-Appelation



Puddicombe Estate Farms & Winery

J.B. Puddicombe & Sons Limited
1468 Highway 8
Winona, ON L8E 5K9


Operating since 1797 as a working farm. It has developed into a tourist stop complete with train rides, petting farm, tea room cafe and gift shop. In the last few years it opened its winery.the wines are crafted from Viniferous and
hybrid grapes that have been growing since the early sixties.

Murray Puddicombe has been growing Vinifera grapes - Gamay Noir and Chardonnay - since 1962, other Vinifera since 1968 and Riesling, Pinot Noir and French Colombard since 1975. There are 150 acres of grapes.

The Harvest Cafe offers light lunches, soups, salads, sandwiches, as well as freshly baked meat pies,
quiche and lasagna. The Cafe is fully licensed The tea room serve an assortment of teas, coffees, as well as our ever-popular English afternoon teas and tasty desserts.

Book into a fun and exciting moving dinner with the winemaker. Each course is served in a different area of the winery.

Lindsay Puddicombe is the winemaker



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