People. Place. Passion.
Our team not only loves great local wine, but believes wines should be long lasting, great tasting and, above all, memorable. With great wines, your senses, particularly smell and taste, should be called to attention with excitement, anticipation and stimulation.
We understand great wines reflect their terroir, vintage and personality and have a level of quality that arises from a deep understanding of winemaking techniques and premium grapes. We strive to produce elegant and delicious vineyard-driven wines, with the multi-dimensional qualities to call your senses to attention. Our winemaking is inspired by old world philosophies and complemented with modern new-world techniques. We use the best technologies available that are best suited to the vineyards and microclimates found in Niagara’s unique growing environment.
Everything for us begins at our local terroir. The way we view of our winemaking is simple: earth to bottle. At every stage of the winemaking process, we hold this philosophy foremost in our minds to inspire and inform our technique and winemaking style. Our vineyards are farmed with sustainable practices to produce grapes that are lush and optimally ripe, with concentrated fruit flavours and balanced acidity. We also produce handcrafted meads, made from honey, with structure, complexity and balance.
Our winemaking team is led by Luke Orwinski, having been trained under Natalie Spytkwosky for a number of years, while also having worked with Peter Graham, John DeSousa and Andrzej Lipinski. Luke has a passion for creating wines that are balanced, memorable, and vintage driven. Ross Wise, formerly of Flat Rock Cellars, has joined our winemaking team as the Wine Master, helping oversee the winemaking process. The vineyards are led by Luke Orwinski and William Roman. Their year-round work ensures our vineyards always adhere to our "earth to bottle" concept.
From pruning to harvest to final blending trials, we let our well-trained senses guide our work. We re-think our strategy with each vintage, adjusting and trying new recipes, while appreciating history, yet refraining from bias. This approach creates wine with unique character and fills us with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. At the core of our “earth to bottle” winemaking philosophy, is our aim to produce wines that are true to the honey and grape varieties, and to the high quality and distinct terroir of our vineyards.