13 February 2013
Shortly after Craig MCDonald took control of winemaking duties at Hillebrand Estates Winery, he realized he had something of a split personality on his hands.
The Niagara-on-the-Lake estate was home to wines made under the Hillebrand label as well as those produced and bottled under the Trius brand.
"Here at the winery, I would be known as Hillebrand's winemaker," says McDonald. "But on trips to western Canada, I would always be introduced as the Trius winemaker."
Hillebrand Winery's history dates back to 1979, when the estate was originally established as Newark Wines. Like the Ontario wine industry, it evolved over the years.
The Trius label was launched in 1989 with the first vintage of a specially blended red wine that is now known as Trius Red. The portfolio expanded to include sparkling wines as well as other offerings including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling...
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