Winemakers’ Selections Tasting Pass

January 1, 2019 — December 31, 2019

Château des Charmes, Coyote’s Run Estate Winery, and more

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2019 WINEMAKERS’ SELECTIONS TASTING PASSES ON SALE NOW!

We know visiting all of our member wineries during a trip to wine country is a tall order, so we’ve developed our NEW Winemakers’ Selections Tasting Pass, which you are welcome to use at all of our member wineries, all year round. So, slow down, take your time and savour 26 carefully selected terroir wines for one convenient price.

Tasting at the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake is so simple with this pass. To taste the Winemaker’s Selection at each winery, simply present your printed ticket, or the digital device you’ve used to download the ticket, to the tasting bar staff so they may scan it for you.

Buy Your Tasting Pass Now!

Buy your Winemakers’ Selection Tasting Passes today for $25 per person, plus applicable taxes. Your tasting pass allows you to enjoy one tasting of a Winemaker’s Selection wine at each of the 26 Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake any day of the year.

TASTING PASS GUIDELINES

  • We want your tasting pass experience to be as outstanding as we can possibly make it, so we suggest you read-up on some of the helpful guidelines listed below.
  • The tasting pass is valid only at the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake included in this tasting.
  • Tasting pass holders must be 19 years of age or over to redeem wine tastings.
  • Tasting pass holders will receive one tasting of a Winemaker’s Selection wine at each participating winery based on redemption of a tasting token at each winery.
  • To redeem a tasting token at a winery, you must present the tasting pass and hand over the applicable winery tasting token to a member of the winery tasting staff, touring staff, winery boutique staff or a member of winery management staff.
  • Each tasting token equals one two fluid oz. pour of a Winemaker’s Selection wine.
  • No refunds will be given by the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake and/or any other applicable vendors of the tasting pass.

Click here for the full terms and conditions.

Winemakers' Selections Tasting Pass

Chateau des Charmes

2017 Aligoté, Estate Grown & Bottled (W, O, L)
“Aligoté is a rare vitis vinifera variety native to the Burgundy region of France. Aligoté can be a chameleon by exuberantly expressing its terroir. Our Aligoté will remind you of green apples and fresh pears on the nose while on the palate the minerality and zing of crisp acidity is mouth watering. That’s why we believe it doesn’t need to be oak aged – its delicious on its own." Winemaker - Amélie Boury

Coyote's Run Estate Winery

2016 Estate Chardonnay (W,O)
"From our Red Paw soil our Chardonnay has been in Hungarian and French oak for 9 months which gives notes of vanilla, ripe pear and McIntosh apple. On the palate, flavours of caramel, butterscotch and honey with a mid-cream oak finish." Winemaker-Dave Sheppard

The Hare Wine Co.

2016 Frontier Chardonnay (W)
"Chardonnay has always been known as “The Winemakers Grape” as it can be crafted into many different styles. By aging this chardonnay partly in oak and partly in stainless steel, it matured into exactly what we were aiming for; a beautiful, balanced wine, with crisp acidity and rich with fruit character." Winemaker & Owner - John Hare

Hinterbrook Winery

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon in Ripasso Style (W)
"It’s a delicious wine made in an unique way. Appassimento skins were “re-passed”, and spent two years in oak barrels. Great wine with versatile dishes. “ Winemaker - Violet Yeh

Inniskillin

2017 Riesling Icewine (W, O)
"Riesling not only makes timeless dry and semi-sweet wines, but it also makes some of the world’s best Icewines. The Inniskillin Riesling Icewine has the perfect crisp acidity which is so important for this concentrated classic wine. I love the fresh peach and apricot flavours that complement the hints of spice and citrus notes." Winemaker - Bruce Nicholson

Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery

2016 Grand Reserve Red Meritage (W, O)
“Our Grand Reserve Red Meritage is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine went through cold maceration followed by fermentation and maceration with select yeast for 15 days. It was then barrel aged for over 15 months. The Red Meritage is smooth and full bodied with notes of dark cherry, blueberry, cassis and mocha with velvety tannins on the finish. “ Winemaker – Marco Piccoli

Joseph's Estate Winery

2008 Vial Icewine (W,O)
“Vidal grapes for Icewine were left on the vine until early 2009. Hand-picked on the coldest nights, at temperatures of -10C. The juice pressed from clean fruit was carefully fermented with selected yeast for cold slow fermenting. This cool vintage from delivers rich, intense flavors of apricot, tropical fruits and honey with a smooth finish, truly “Nectar of the Gods”. It stands alone or as the ultimate after-dinner choice.” Founder & Winemaker - Joseph Pohorly

Konzelmann Estate Winery

2014 Gewürztraminer (W, O)
“Our Gewurztraminer is harvested from 30 year old vines located on our lakefront property. The wine has ripe tropical fruit, lychee, passion fruit and honey on the nose, with a touch of sweetness on the palate and a balanced, lingering finish.” Winemaker - Herbert Konzelmann

Lailey Vineyard Winery

2014 Riesling (W)
"A vibrant rush of luscious citrus and green apple greet the nose and palate. Crisp and refreshing acidity allows for extended aging, with just the right amount of residual sugar for balance." Winemaker -John Chang

The Lakeview Wine Co.

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (W, O)
"This Niagara red wine displays a rich garnet colour that boasts cassis, plum, vanilla and oak aromas on the nose, leading to array of flavours on the palate including dark cherries, anise, and well integrated oak tones. This Cabernet Sauvignon is a very well balanced red that can cellar 5-7 years." Winemaker - Scott McGregor

Marynissen Estates Winery

2015 Gold Series Chardonnay (W)
"Being new to the Marynissen portfolio, I have been very excited by the quality and value in all of our wines. Chardonnay is one of my favourites, whether making or drinking, and I think our 2015 Gold Series Chardonnay is a classic Niagara example. A mix of stainless steel fermented and aged, barrel aged and barrel fermented wines, it is balanced and complex, combining big fruit with supportive oak on a rich and elegant palate." Winemaker - Mitchell McCurdy of Vendimia North

Niagara College Teaching Winery

2013 Balance Brut (W,O)
"This traditional method sparkling wine spent almost 3 years ageing in bottle, and is made from high quality, hand-picked, bunch sorted Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from the suitably cool 2013 vintage. It celebrates the balance of knowledge, passion and creativity of the winemaker, professors and students who all pursue excellence in the field of winemaking and viticulture at Niagara College." Winemaker - Gavin Robertson

Palatine Hills Estate Winery

2016 Barrel Aged Chardonnay (W, O)
“This Chardonnay spent 12 months in French and American oak, It expresses itself with tropical fruit, green apple and a noticeable creaminess. The oak is integrated well and isn't over-powering or too subtle, making this a perfect wine for pairing or sipped on its own.” Winemaker - Tim Reilly

Peller Estates Winery

N/V Andrew Peller Signature Series Ice Cuvee (W,O)
"One of our most awarded wines at the winery, this traditional sparkling wine is made with hand-picked Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. When the lees are disgorged, a ‘dosage’ of Vidal Icewine is added (110ml). The bouquet of apricot and ripe apple, with hints of honey, are followed by tropical fruits on the palate and a refreshing pink grapefruit finish." Winemaker - Katie Dickieson

Pillitteri Estates Winery

2015 Carretto Vidal Icewine (W,O)
"Our Vidal Icewine encompasses fantastic aromas of floral notes, honey, candied orange peel, peach and apricot. You’ll find intense flavours of pineapple, lychee, and honey on your palate, as well as a voluptuous texture, balancing acidity and long finish." Winemaker - Aleksandar Kolundzic

PondView Estate Winery

2014 Bella Terra Cab Sauvignon (W, O)
"Extensive skin contact gives this wine a glorious deep ruby colour. Intense aromas of sweet pipe tobacco, black cherries, cigar box, cloves and exotic spices. Firm tannins carry dark and rich flavours of dark chocolate, fresh black currants that give way to a long, smooth velvety finish. Grilled top sirloin steak, medium rare, no exceptions. Cellar 8 -10 yrs. Unfiltered." Winemaker - Fred DiProfio

Queenston Mile Vineyard

2017 Mile High, Sparkling Wine ( W, O)
"It’s not about fame. It’s not about money. The high life is about living without boundaries and doing that which makes you happy. Go ahead, eat that extra piece of cake or pour yourself another glass of this bubbly delight. The right combination of citrus, complimentary sweetness and vivacious acidity; make each new sip of this sparkler more intriguing than the previous." – Rob Power, Winemaker

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

2017 Sand & Gravel Sauvignon Blanc (W, O)
" I love to pick fruit early in the season to preserve acidity. This acidity is balanced through the use of neutral oak barrels which the wine is aged in for 6 months. I find the barrels add texture and weight to the wine." Winemaker - Ben Minaker

Reif Estate Winery

2016 Merlot Reserve (W, O)
"2016 will go down as one of the hottest, driest of seasons so a great vintage for reds in Ontario. Earthy notes lead you into the ripeness of plum, black berry and black currant. Well-rounded with soft velvety tannins characteristic of this variety with a fruit finish that is lasting and enduring." Winemaker - Roberto DiDomenico

Riverview Cellars Estate Winery

2016 Angelina's Reserve Gewurztraminer (W,O)
"Here's a pretty, mouth filling, off-dry Gewurztraminer overflowing with aromas and flavours of lychee, peach, rose petals and ginger. Serve it lightly chilled with spicy curries, fusion foods, or seafood risotto." Winemaker - Alyssa Bator

Southbrook Vineyards

2016 Triomphe Chardonnay (W, O, L)
“Chardonnay is truly one of the great grape varieties produced in Niagara, and our example from our Triomphe line is an excellent place to start. Green apples and pears are married with hints of subtle oak vanilla and toast. The complexity of this organic chardonnay invites you to keep exploring its depths, while opening the gateway to what else Southbrook chardonnay has to offer. Enjoy with more medium-bodied fare, perhaps roasted chicken, creamy pastas, or even buttered popcorn!” Winemaker – Ann Sperling

Stratus Vineyards

2014 Stratus White (W, O)
"A complex and multi-layered white to drink tonight or cellar for a decade of development. Intensely aromatic, this is one you will go back to over and over again to peel away the layers. Big character of apple, stone fruit, gooseberry, grapefruit and pomelo intermix with hints of vegetal notes such as green lentils and then floral such as honeysuckle. All rounded out by an underlying sandalwood character. The palate is rounded and already has a plushness that will only continue to build as the wine develops." Winemaker - J-L Groux

Strewn Winery

N/V Sparkler (W,O)
"To celebrate Strewn's 20th Anniversary last year I crafted our first Sparkling wine. An aromatic Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc made in the Cuvé Close method from fruit harvested from the Niagara Peninsula. It's bubbly, crisp and refreshing with aromas and flavours of citrus (lime, lemon and grapefruit), grass, flint and yeast. It has a crisp and refreshing finish on the palate." Winemaker - Marc Bradshaw

Trius Winery & Restaurant

2016 Trius Red (W, O)
“The iconic red of Ontario. Trius Red is a gorgeous Bordeaux-style blend that has the perfect balance of power and finesse to elevate any occasion.” Winemaker - Craig McDonald

Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery

2015 Estate Series Shiraz Cabernet (W, O)
"A trendy blend of 62% Shiraz, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. Each varietal received barrel malolactic fermentation, then nine months of oak barrel aging before the wines were blended together. The final assemblage was then put back into barrel for a further 3 months (20% of the barrels were new oak; 50% American oak and 50% French oak). Wonderful notes of juicy blue and black fruits and black tea linger on the finish." Winemaker - Craig McDonald

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