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REFUND POLICY: AS THIS IS A SPECIAL EVENT, NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN AFTER MAY 25TH. IF YOU MUST CANCEL AFTER THAT DATE, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FIND A PURCHASER FOR YOUR TICKET.
NOTE: Departure will be from the Ramada Inn parking lot on Exeter Rd., east of Wellington Rd, near the 401. Parking for the day is free. An itinerary will be sent to all who purchased tickets for the bus trip at least 10 days prior.
Join us on our London Chapter bus trip to some of the best wineries in the Niagara Peninsula. The day begins at Angel’s Gate Estate Winery with its excellent wines and breathtaking view of its vineyards. Next up is Back 10 Cellars where this tiny award-winning winery will dazzle you with their wines and hospitality.
Creekside Estate Winery in Jordan Station will be host to us in their very unique barrel cellar where you’ll taste wines and choose one to accompany your box lunch as you experience a ‘Winemakers Picnic’ on blankets by their pond (you may bring a small stool on the bus if that is your preference.
We begin our return journey by stopping at Kacaba Vineyards where you’ll enjoy some of their award winning reds. Last but certainly not least is Fielding Estate Winery, another award winning winery where you’ll receive a $5 voucher towards any purchase.
The cost of $125 will cover transportation from London to the wineries, snacks on the bus in the morning, 3 to 5 tastings at every winery with snacks at Back 10 Cellars, your ‘Winemakers Picnic’ lunch at Creekside and your complimentary $5 voucher at Fielding Estate Winery.
For those that wish, the bus will make a stop at a Tim Horton’s on the return trip so you can pick up a cup of coffee.
Ticket sales will begin for members on May, 2019. As the bus must be paid for by May 24th, the ‘special event’ refund policy is in effect. No exceptions can be made.
Registration will be done through Eventbrite. Payment will follow with 48 hours by e transfer to the Chapter.
Laura Rapuano, owner of Airen Imports takes us on a journey to multiple wine growing regions around the world. This is an opportunity to truly appreciate how Ontario wines measure up with wine producing countries such as Spain, Australia, New Zealand and the United States (California). We’ll also have an Ontario winery’s product represented.
Ontario Wine Society Presents Trail Estate Winery from Prince Edward County at Michaels On The Thames
The Sproll family embarked on this journey in 2011 when they fell in love with Trail's 14-acre property. No stranger to hard work they had just retired from running a successful bakery for 30 years, which helped found the craft bread movement in Ontario. Equally, with Trail Estate Winery we are dedicated to producing truly compelling terroir-driven wines of uncompromising quality. They let nature guide the winemaking process at their Prince Edward County winery. Winemaker Mackenzie Brisbois aims for honesty inside the bottle—whether it be a Skin-Ferment Riesling, Orange Wine, Pét Nat Sparkling, soulfully complex Unfiltered Chardonnay, or barrel-aged varietals. They use wild ferments (indigenous yeasts) and leave many of of the artisanal wines whole and unfiltered without the use of additional enzymes or tannins.
Ontario Wine Society's Fourth Anniversary Paired Dinner with Creekside Estate Winery at Michael's On The Thames
Creekside Estate Winery has been doing its premium thing on the Niagara Peninsula since 1997, beginning as a small winery with 11 acres under vine. Over the years,it expanded its vineyards to include its premium red growing site, Queenston Road Vineyard, located in the St. David’s Bench. The winery, located in Jordan, has become a wine-lover’s destination, located slightly off the beaten path, but still in the heart of Niagara wine country.
The Creekside team decided early-on to make the relatively atypical (for Niagara) grape varieties of Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah the core focus of the wine portfolio.
Creekside's portfolio is the story of a winery that refuses to be pigeon-holed. The winery is a bastion for inspired experimentation, with a winemaking team that delights in defying Niagara winemaking conventions. At the time, both grapes were newcomers to the Ontario winemaking scene, but were also showing tremendous potential in the Niagara climate. Over the years, new grape varieties, winemaking techniques and wine styles were embraced by the winery. With each vintage, Creekside houses a throng on experimental wine batches and blends as an ongoing push towards discovering something new and exciting to go into bottle. The winery mantra: Make great wine, and never stop experimenting.
Ontario Wine Society Presents North 42 Degrees Estate Winery from Lake Erie North Shore (EPIC) at Michaels On The Thames
Join us for a delightful evening of superb wines and excellent food pairings. North 42 Degrees Estate winery from Lake Erie North Shore Appellation (LENS) will provide an assortment of their sparkling, white, rose and red wines. Michaels On The Thames will provide delicious food pairings to accompany them. Martin Gorski, owner of North 42 Degrees Estate Winery will walk those in attendance though a spirited presentation of their finest wines.
As third generation Canadian farmers from European heritage, wine flows deep within the ancestral roots of Martin Gorski and his family. The winery and vineyards are located along the 42nd parallel amidst Carolinian forests and Lake Erie breezes.
Wines are made from grapes grown in natural rain-fed vineyards in Canada’s southernmost terroirs. Harvested and made into wine with love and care.
Ontario Wine Society presents Rosehall Run Vineyards from Prince Edward County at Michael's On The Thames
Dan and Lynn Sullivan, with support from Cam Reston founded Rosehall Run in 2000. The 150-acre farm was selected due to its proximity to Lake Ontario (1-2 kms on three sides) and the remarkable clay soil scattered with rock and shale fragments on a calcareous limestone base. One of the earliest Prince Edward County wineries established in the west central region known as Hillier Ward, planting of the vineyard began in 2001 with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Today there are 25 acres of vinifera including Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Muscat and Tempranillo.
Rosehall Run has always been a working farm; in 2001 operations were established to accommodate the needs of an efficient and utilitarian grape growing farm, and subsequently a winemaking operation. A modest barn was first constructed as a grape processing, wine production and barrel storage facility. A focus on state-of-the-art winemaking led to the design and construction of a 7,200 sq ft winery facility and barrel cellar blasted deep into the limestone foundation. Finally, in the original winemaking facility, a modern Tasting Room was created, offering visitors a warm and inviting space to sample Rosehall Run’s critically acclaimed wines.
Rosehall is the name of one of The County’s historic hamlets just south of our vineyards on the Loyalist Parkway leading in to Wellington. Established in the 1820’s surrounding a grist mill and pond, it is home to fewer than 50 full time residents.
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY APPELLATION
Officially identified in 2007 as a VQA appellation of origin, Prince Edward County is separated from the mainland by the Bay of Quinte at Belleville and is completely surrounded by the waters of Lake Ontario. The soils and microclimates of the County coupled with the all-pervading limestone base provide an ideal growing environment for cool-climate grapes such as pinot noir and chardonnay. This idyllic island setting is now home to over 40 wineries, a dozen craft breweries, fine restaurants, cheese producers, farmers’ markets and other local food purveyors dotted along the natural beauty of the County trails and beaches.
Ontario Wine Society presents Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery from Lake Erie North Shore (EPIC) at Michael's On The Thames
Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery is a family run business that opened its doors November 1st, 2006 in Essex County situated near Amherstburg.
Situated on 52 acres of land, the retail centre is a beautiful Tuscany style "old world" building with extensive balconies that overlook breathtaking views of both the vineyard and Lake Erie. The interior features a welcoming atmosphere accented by dark wood trim and warm wall & chandelier lighting, with a 17ft custom made bar as its focus.
The Winery is surrounded by 35 acres of flourishing 27 year old vines. Only those grape varieties that have proven themselves worthy of the soil and climates remain planted in this vineyard: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Vidal, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Gamay.
Ontario Wine Society presents award winning TAWSE Winery from the Niagara Escarpment at Michael's On The Thames
Situated on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment, Tawse is a family-owned organic and biodynamic winery, voted Canada’s Winery of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2016. Founder Moray Tawse purchased 6 acres on the Cherry Avenue property in 2001. In 2005 he opened his state-of-the-art winery, complete with a six-level, gravity-flow design, geo-thermal system and a wetland bio-filter. The inspiration for his first Niagara property came from his love of Burgundian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Uniting traditional winemaking techniques with state-of-the-art technology, Tawse is dedicated to producing terroir-driven wines of exceptional elegance, depth and character.
Laura Rapuano, Founder and President of AIREN IMPORTS, has successfully introduced exceptional wines into the Canadian Market.
Airen Imports is an agent/importer of wine to the Liquor Boards of Canada.Their portfolio includes various high quality wines from Spain, Australia, California, New Zealand and a few from Italy.
Enjoy an evening at Michael's On The Thames with Laura presenting a portfolio of wines that will dazzle your palette. This is an opportunity for our members toi experience a return to the roots of their wine passions from countries around the world.
Ontario Wine Society presents Muscedere Vineyards from Lake Erie North Shore at Michael's On The Thames
Muscedere Vineyards is a family owned and operated vineyard which hand-harvests only the best grapes from our vineyard to produce premium wines. Muscedere Vineyards is located in the Lake Erie North Shore Wine Region in Ontario.
Situated at the same latitude as the Mediterranean, The Lake Erie North Shore Region benefits from its proximity to Lake Erie which offers a unique maritime climate in a continental region.
Grape growers in The Lake Erie North Shore and Pelee Island Designated Viticultural Areas grow some of the world's finest vinifera and French hybrid wine grapes that continually and reliably produce award winning, world class wines, including naturally produced ice wines.
Ontario Wine Society presents Kacaba Vineyards and Winery: A Premium Small Batch Winery Located in the Bench on the Niagara Escarpment
Kacaba Vineyards Winery is a premium small batch winery located on prime bench land of The Niagara Escarpment in Vineland, Ontario. Smaller batch sizes assure that focus is placed on producing wine of Merit. The Winemaker’s emphasis is placed on creating wines rich in aromas, deep in color and character with velvety finishes.
The goal is to produce ultra-premium wines along with more moderately priced varieties necessary for the economic well being of a winery. Our wines are meant to be drunk at release or cellared depending on the variety and vintage. We are therefore striving to produce more fruit-driven wines and those with more finesse and character.
Our 3rd Annual Dinner and Members' Appreciation Night with Vineland Estates Winery at Michael's On The Thames
Open all year, Vineland Estates Winery is not only the home of fine wine and cuisine, but an unmatched touring facility and wine country destination. At this picturesque venue, extensive vineyards on the bench of the Niagara Escarpment provide the stunning backdrop to a unique cluster of carefully restored historic buildings.
A landmark stone tower stands proudly over a former Mennonite homestead with structures that date back to the 1840s. These include the former farmhouse, now The Restaurant with its panoramic views of the vineyards; the century barn that houses our retail store and wine tasting bar under soaring wood beams; and the charming stone Carriage House, with its intimate surroundings for private events.
For over thirty years, Vineland Estates Winery has continually elevated the wine and culinary experience in Niagara. Here, the essence of the Niagara escarpment can be both seen – in the unforgettable landscape of undulating vineyards looking over Lake Ontario – and tasted, in the wines that are a reflection of this unique growing area.
The result is a legacy of great Riesling, exceptional dining, and memorable wine adventure.
Our 3rd Anniversary Event with Alton Farms Estate Winery and Maelstrom Winery - An Emerging Region Tasting at Michael's On The Thames
Fielding Estate Winery: Enjoy the Wines from the Beamsville Bench in Niagara at Michael's On The Thames
Fielding Estate Winery is nestled on Niagara's Beamsville Bench.
Curtis Fielding and his wife Heidi, lead the dynamic team who are passionate about winemaking and Niagara's wine industry. When Curtis started farming, his goal was to grow the best quality wine grapes to supply the family winery with the crops to make a small batch of high quality wines. The Fieldings continued this practice and are committed to sustainable farming. Richie Roberts, winemaker, joined the team in 2007 and has led the winemaking team to success with innovative and enjoyable wines from the Fielding vineyards.
The Fieldings are proud to support the Niagara Wine Industry and participate in programs and events throughout the region; they are members of the Grape Growers of Ontario and work closely with the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University and the Niagara College Teaching Winery.
In the first five years of operation, Fielding Estate Winery was named one of Canada's Top 10 Wineries and were awarded this accolade again in 2013. Annually the Grape Grower's of Ontario select a Grape Grower of the Year (aka Grape King) and Curtis Fielding was selected to represent for the 2012/13 season. This accolade is awarded to grape growers who exemplify excellence and sustainability in Ontario's Grape Growing Industry.
Purchase tickets for this event starting at 10:00 am on Friday, October 27th by clicking on the button below.
Join us at the London Wine Bar at 420 Talbot St. in London for an evening of discovery as Esprit du Vin will take us through a comparative tasting of four different varietals from around the world. Mario Jozic and Laura del Maestro, owners of this Parisian style bar in the heart of the city will be our hosts for the evening.
Food pairings will be included.
Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery with Daniel Speck Presenting a Portfolio of Their Wines at Michael's On The Thames
Celebrate Summer's End with Malivoire Wines and 'Winemaker of the Year' Shiraz Mottiar at Michael's On The Thames
Malivoire Wine is the magnum opus of Martin Malivoire. As a director of motion picture special effects, Martin’s career encompassed everything from television’s “Wayne and Shuster Comedy Hour” to such Hollywood big-screen attractions as “Resident Evil”, “A Christmas Story” and “Hairspray”. After thirty years, Martin decided the time for a change had come.
The results came rapidly with the purchase in 1995 of what is now known as the Moira Vineyard, followed by the acquisition of the larger property where the winery now stands. Original plantings of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Gamay and Pinot Noir were supplemented in the following years by additional vinifera varieties. Today, thanks to burgeoning demand, Malivoire operates at the top of its capacity, producing twenty-four thousand cases of wine per year.
Frank Grammatico, Southwestern Ontario Rep and 'Winemaker of the Year' Shiraz Mottiar will be presenting at the event on September 12th. It will be a memorable evening for all.
London Chapter OWS Presents a Paired Tasting at Michael's On The Thames with Jody Goslin from Oxley Estate Winery in Lake Erie North Shore
London Chapter OWS Presents A Paired Tasting at Michael's On The Thames with Pondview Estate Winery from the Heart of Niagara
London Chapter - 2nd Annual Dinner at Michael's On The Thames with Winemaker and President Walter Schmoranz of Pelee Island Winery
Walter Schmoranz - Winemaster and President will be our Presenter for this event.
Walter is considered one of Canada's winemaking pioneers. Walter was born in Ruedesheim Germany; one of the world's finest winemaking regions. In 1985, he joined Pelee Island Winery where his experience and skills have led to Pelee Island Winery winning hundreds of awards around the world, most notably for their 2002 Cabernet Franc Ice wine - winner of the Citadelle de France Gold Medal. Walter currently sits on the board of the VQA and heads several committees at the Wine Council of Ontario.