One of the most exciting features of Cuvée is being introduced to amazing Ontario VQA wine selections that our winemakers picked as their personal favourites! Visit each of our participating wineries featured in Station 4 to hear more about what makes each wine so special, complete with tasting notes, pairing tips, and insider insights.
Don’t forget to also visit the links featuring the Winemakers Favourites below. Each winery has provided options that make it easy for you to shop online and enjoy these wines at home! Support local!
WINEMAKER: Peter Rotar
2017 Enotrium Grand Riserva
Niagara wineries are finally being recognized for our unexpected expertise in making full-bodied red wines inspired by the Amarone reds of Italy. Magnotta was the first Ontario winery to produce an Amarone-inspired VQA wine when we released Enotrium in 2001. It continues to be recognized today at wine competitions as an opulent Appassimento-style wine made using the exact methods employed in Italy. I am extremely proud of the full throttle effort that goes into producing each bottle. The finest Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are hand-harvested by our winemakers, air dried and then generously barrel aged. This wine is very robust with full body, sweet tannins and very ripe fruit. It is well balanced with one year of aging in French-American oak barrels and then finished for one more year in brand new French oak barrels. It is without question the best red wine we make at Magnotta.
Pinot Rosé 1925 Series Sparkling
This new product has been in the works for some time. I wanted to create a premium and lively Pinot Blend that was clean, dry, and versatile. It is increasingly rare to find a good sparkling Rosé.
Malivoire Wine Company
WINEMAKER: Shiraz Mottiar
2017 Mottiar Chardonnay
The Chardonnay that grows on the soil I call home is obviously special to me. But the fresh, lime, electric wine that consistently grows in this soil is beyond my wildest expectations. I love a Chardonnay with verve that glitters with brightness, not weighed down with too much wood. Only nine months in our oldest French oak puncheons, I do my best to preserve the character of this site, one of the highest elevation sites on the Beamsville Bench.
2017 Courtney Gamay
Gamay is my personal favourite variety to work with, and Courtney is our most exceptional block. This was the first (and to date, only) time Courtney was fermented in concrete. Along with 10% whole cluster— a tool I find a must in making great Gamay— this is as exciting as it gets for me. Semi-maceration carbonique, in cement, aged in older French oak barrels for 18 months, creates layers upon layers of joyful depth. And from a Magnum, it is so alluring.
Marynissen Estates Winery
WINEMAKER: Mitchell McCurdy
2017 Nanny’s Blend
I made this Meritage blend to pay homage to Marynissen’s great past. This wine instills nostalgia of the luxurious reds that were produced in the early years of the Marynissen legacy. Of the reds that were produced by John Marynissen, the blend he made for his wife, Nanny, stood out from the others. We chose two barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, one-barrel Cabernet Franc, and one-barrel Merlot with one word in mind: elegance. This is one of my favourites because it is the perfect expression of our vineyard; a wine of balance, complexity and of course elegance.
2018 Heritage Riesling
This wine holds a special place in my heart as it’s one of my first award-winning bottles. This Riesling from the Heritage Collection is created by stopping fermentation before reaching 10% alcohol. This leaves the wine with a tantalizing texture that is viscous and rich due to the balance of high acid, high residual sugar and low alcohol. The arrested fermentation captures and seals in beautiful aromas that otherwise would leave as fermentation finishes. I am bringing this Riesling to Cuveé as a unique, interesting, and delectable take on Niagara’s favourite white.
WINEMAKER: Chris Frey
2017 Reserve Cabernet Franc
The Bench is an ideal location for growing ultra premium Cabernet Franc, and this wine perfectly reflects the quality of our terroir. In 2017, after meticulously selecting grapes from our best parcels and carefully handling the fruit, we crafted an elegant and refined Cabernet Franc that embodies the ideal combination of power and balance.
2018 Reserve Chardonnay
I believe strongly that Chardonnay is one of the most suitable white vinifera varieties for our climate. A result of judicious selection of our best blocks and careful handling, this Chardonnay balances a cool climate fruit core with elegant minimalism. We use different vessels during ferment and ageing (traditional oak, punch-down and stainless-steel barrels) which allows us to preserve the balance between freshness and oak, and to express the best qualities of our fruit.
Niagara College Teaching Winery
WINEMAKER: Gavin Robertson
2014 Blanc de Blanc
This traditional method, bottle-fermented sparkling is made from high quality, hand-picked, bunch-sorted Chardonnay grapes, fermented in stainless steel tanks and neutral oak barrels. It was aged for 36 months on yeast lees before disgorging. It celebrates the balance of knowledge, passion and creativity of the winemakers, professors and students who all pursue excellence in the field of winemaking and viticulture at Niagara College.
2018 Dean’s List Pinot Noir
This delicious red wine uses grapes from one of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the region. This dry and fruity wine packs flavours of berries and sweet tobacco and displays fresh acidity with a firm tannic finish. It celebrates the balance of knowledge, passion and creativity of the winemakers, professors and students who all pursue excellence in the field of winemaking and viticulture at Niagara College.
Pelee Island Winery
WINEMAKER: Walter Schmoranz
2017 Thaddeus Smith Red
In 1866 Thaddeus Smith planted 25 acres of vines on Pelee Island. He became the first winemaker on Pelee Island. To honor him and those that followed his footsteps, we present this limited-run premium wine series, made from the best grapes of the vintage harvest.
2018 BELLA – Sparkling Wine
Newest release for Pelee Island Winery. BELLA, the Italian word for beautiful, is a perfect and simple description for this wine (50% Auxerrois/ 50% Pinot Noir). She is a sparkling beauty with a lovely cherry and lemon bouquet. This pink bubbly wine makes a refreshing addition to any meal, especially a romantic one!
WINEMAKER: Katie Dickieson
2017 Andrew Peller Signature Series Riesling
The details of this wine are classic cool climate Riesling! From our 30-year-old vines in NOTL and fermented in stainless, the wine is fresh and vibrant. After ferment, the wine balanced with a suss reserve to achieve an added richness and fruit purity that we feel shows the great intensity of Niagara Riesling.
This wine is no longer available but there are a number of terrific VQA wines to choose from.
2017 Andrew Peller Signature Series Cabernet Franc
I know you shouldn’t have favourites, but it is so hard not to choose Four Mile Creek Cabernet Franc. The fruit is intense with both blue fruit character and hints of tobacco leaf. 2017 was a late vintage and we were well into November before harvesting the Cab Franc. Fermented in oak and aged in barrel for 19 months.
Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery
WINEMAKER: Jamie Evans
2017 Beal Vyd Reserve Chardonnay
This has become one of our most sought-after Chardonnays with a great balance of oak from both new French and American barrels while maintaining the varietal and fruit from a good vintage.
2016 Syrah Reserve
With selected new and older French and American oak, this Syrah has come together to be quite lovely. It has allowed the vintage to come through with a great balance of fruit and structure.
Due to availability, some vintages may have been changed.
Funding provided by the Government of Ontario.