Wine-lovers across the world regard it as the liquid battery containing syrups of memory. To give you the taste you’re looking for in a quality wine, it has to undergo a series of methods. While pouring wine from the bottle to your glass, think about the efforts that the workers of wineries are giving- their little decisions leave impact upon its personality and outcome. Have respect for those people who dedicate their entire life in preparing this artisan-made beverage.
‘Wine is the sunlight, held together by water.’
In Ontario of Canada, wineries are thriving. With more than 180 wineries throughout Ontario, it is contributing 71% of the total Canadian volume of wine. Some of them are elite traditional family owned whereas others have sole owners who have established the winery recently. The stories of such family-owned wineries are no less interesting. So, are you ready to get transported to the wine-world and see how they do it?
Tawse Winery at Vineland Ontario
Standing on the slopes of Niagara Escarpment, Tawse Winery begins making wine in their biodynamic vineyards in 2001, but the winery was opened in 2005. Being an age-old family-owned winery, they source their fruits from old growth to ensure the richness and depth of the outcome product. By doing so, they make certain that they have successfully expressed suitable story of origin and terroir through their productions.
Consulting winemaker Pascal Marchand and winemaker Paul Pender under the guidance of the owner Moray Tawse have contributed enormously to help the company in evolving as a pioneer in this field. Among many, one of the outstanding wines that has added to its reputation is The Tawse 2007 David Black Merlot. By winning medals in 2012 for 32 wines, it has emerged as emerged as one of elite wineries of Canada. Additionally, Canadian Wine Access Magazine in three consecutive years, 2010, 2011, and 2012 has awarded it with the title ‘Canadian Winery of the Year.’
PondView Estates Winery at Niagara-on-the-Lake
Nestled in the heart of wine-land of Niagara, PondView Estates with their 3 generations of experience in winemaking is offering out-of-the-world wine to its customers. After the settlement of Giuseppe Puglisi in Canada in the year 1965, he started growing grapes and used them to prepare his wines. With the passing of torch, the son of Puglisi, Lou has become the owner of the company.
The Reif Estate Winery
Sharing a long history in supportable practices of winemaking with his family, Ewald Reif, the founder has set a benchmark in wine preparation since 1977. In 1987, Klaus has taken the responsibility of carrying the business further from the shoulders of his uncle Ewald. Using the advantage of being born in a winemaking family, Klaus has excelled in producing estate bottled wines chiefly. By using the tools appropriately, they are making some of the world’s best wines from their vineyard spread over 125 acre.
Till date, they have won many awards which include Best Canadian Winery in 2002, Vidal Icewine won Wine of the Year in 2004 at Ontario Wine Awards, and so on. Apart from it, because of outstanding contribution of Klaus Reif, he was given Lifetime Achievement Award by Ontario Wine Society in the year 2010.
All the above-mentioned family-owned wineries are well-known for producing a wide range of wines like the fruit wine, red wine, and others. With the versatility of vines and our love for wine, the fact that someone is working hard behind it shouldn’t surprise you. To enhance the wine’s quality, many of these owners start working with wine producers from other renowned wine producing regions of the world by increasing their investment level. Only when their labels become a preferred choice for most of their consumers, their efforts are rewarded.
Next time when you visit Ontario, reserve some time to pay a visit to their wineries to thanks them for their dedication face to face.