Riverview Cellars

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At Riverview Cellars the motto should be, “All hands on deck,” or, “A family affair”.  From the vineyards to the boutique, everyone, from owners Sam and Lina Pillitteri, to their three children, to Winemaker Angela Kasimos are completely immersed in the day-to-day operation of the winery.

Originally a fruit farm, cannery and stand, when Sam and Lina purchased the parcel of land, located in the Niagara River sub-appellation, the immediately recognized its potential for growing vitis vinifera grapes.  It was not until the 1990’s however, when their dream was realized.  

Since the first vine break in 1992, the Pillitteris have focused their family’s efforts on growing and making award-winning wines, with a focus on French and German cool climate varietals.  Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay have all thrived in the vineyards and cellars.  The family spirit lives on in the wines as well, as some of the finest of their wines have been named after members of the Pillitteri family.  For example, Angelina’s Reserve Chardonnay is actually named after matriarch Lina Pillitteri.  

Of course, award winning wines could not be made without the hard work, skill and dedication of a world-class winemaker.  Angela Kasimos is the Winemaker at Riverview Cellars and her path to this position has certainly been anything but typical.  Born in Montreal and raised in St. John’s, she received her BSc in Biochemistry before enrolling in Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute.  A very recent alumnus, Kasimos graduated in 2006.  Her convocation was on the same day she harvested Riesling. 

Kasimos’ commitment to making award-winning wines is made evident when one sees the scuffs on her boots (from spending hours in the vineyards overseeing leave and cluster thinning) and the stains on her shirt (from racking, filling tanks, filtering and blending).  Her work as a Winemaker however, does not end there.  Often Kasimos will work behind the tasting bar, serving up her wines to eager guests, just like any other member of the Riverview Cellars team.  If scheduled in advance, Kasimos is also delighted to lead tours around the winery as well, giving guests an insiders’ look at what is happening at the winery on any given day.  

Open daily, Riverview Cellars also offers typical tours and tasting experiences for guests led by one of the knowledgeable staff who have all worked there for years.  Giving guests a taste of the old world lifestyle, wine and cheese plates are offered on the front patio in the warmer months.  Guests are encouraged to sit back, relax and watch life on the Niagara Parkway pass by.  Of course, if they do not have enough time for that, guests can always buy a bottle of wine and a basket of local fruit, which, in keeping with the heritage of the farm, is still sold at the winery.

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Tours

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Link Offered May to Oct daily at 1 pm; $5 per person refunded upon wine purchase
Link Winemaker's Tour: Offered by appointment; $10 per person

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News

Riverview Earns a Winning Reputation for Gewurztraminer at Cuvee
On Friday, March 2, Riverview Cellars’ Gewurztraminer 2010 won Silver for Best Gewurztraminer at the Cuvée Awards 2012.. Read More
Riverview Introduces New Blog
Get to know the Riverview team with the new, Riverview Blog! . Read More

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GPS: N43° 12.348' W79° 3.545'

15376 Niagara Parkway
Niagara-on-the-Lake
905.262.0636
www.riverviewcellars.com

Winery Hours

Open daily Apr to June 10 am to 6 pm; July to Aug 10 am to 7 pm; Sept to Oct 10 am to 6 pm; Nov to Mar 10 am to 5 pm

Amenities

Bus Groups, Corporate/Group Events, Cyclist Friendly, Picnic Area, Retail Store, Tasting Bar, Wheelchair Accessible

Sub-Appellation

Niagara River

Winemaker

Angela Kasimos

Wine Style

Red Table Wines
White Table Wines
Icewine/Dessert Wine

Where to Buy

Cellar Door
Winery Website
Vintages
Select Licensees

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