Now there are two ways to experience the love affair.

The Connoisseur Pass and The Enthusiast Pass.

The Enthusiast Pass

Allowing the flexibility and ease to visit all 10 wineries, drop-in with no appointment, the Enthusiast Pass is the perfect choice for ultimate exploration along with freedom of time. Each experience has a similar theme to the Connoisseur Pass, including back-vintage and/or current-vintage tastings, plus expertly paired culinary bites at each winery.

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE to explore the best of Ontario Pinot Noir, get your Enthusiast Pass today!

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The Connoisseur Pass

This pass gives access to uniquely themed, in-depth Pinot Noir seminars hosted by winery principals or winemakers who passionately drive the local Pinot Noir movement. Seminars feature exclusive Pinot Noir flights, including back-vintage and/or current-vintage, that are expertly paired with a culinary bite at each winery. This pass also provides drop-in accessibility to the wineries where seminars are not available.

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Cave Spring Cellars

Connoisseur Pass

The Big O2 Niagara’s geology and climate provide the basic ingredients for growing Pinot Noir that reveals the nuances of the grape, the terroir, and the vintage. But another of nature’s elements – one that is not visible to the human eye and yet remains critical to the crafting of a great Pinot – is oxygen. While the effect of oxygen on this demanding and sensitive variety can set apart a wine from the rest of the pack, it can very easily be a detriment to a wine’s quality. So, what’s the secret to the right amount of oxygen when it comes to Pinot Noir? Come find out… in an interactive tasting with Cave Spring Oenologist & Viticulturalist, Gabriel Demarco!

Enthusiast Pass

Pinot Noir is a fascinating variety and one of the most highly prized wines in the world. Come taste three Pinots from three vintages and experience what makes this variety so unique.

Coyote’s Run

Connoisseur Pass

Come and take a journey from the juice to the wine! Explore how fermentation changes the raw product into the wine we all love. You will taste our 2018 Red Paw and Black Paw juiced beside the 2018 fermented wines. Come and discover through our winemaker, Taylor Hulley, how to take that pure Pinot Noir juice and craft it into our beautiful Red Paw and Black Paw Pinot Noirs!

Enthusiast Pass

Details coming soon!

Domaine QueylusDomaine Queylus

Connoisseur Pass

What difference does a vineyard make? Come in and taste the difference between our Mountainview Estate vineyard in the Lincoln Lakeshore sub-appellation and our Neudorf Estate Vineyard on the Jordan Bench. We will pull barrel samples to compare and discuss the difference in slope, soil and place, and how these vineyards work together to make our Burgundian style Pinot Noir.

Enthusiast Pass

Join us to experience a vertical tasting of our award winning 2013, 2014, and 2015 Reserve Pinot Noirs in our tasting room. See how much of a difference the weather makes!

Flat Rock Cellars

Connoisseur Pass

At Flat Rock Cellars a rigorous barrel selection process is undertaken every year to create two very different Pinot Noirs. Each has its own unique characteristics and flavours profiles upon release and develops differently in the cellar. Let Winemaker David Sheppard take you through the process and learn how each individual barrel can have an influence on the wines evolution. Enjoy a vertical comparison of our two award-winning Pinot Noirs.

Enthusiast Pass

Details coming soon!

Henry of Pelham

Connoisseur Pass

Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery was established with our first vintage in 1988. Let us take you on a journey from some of our earliest vintages of Pinot Noir to recent harvests. The unique characteristics of each vineyard are transported directly to the palate of the wine taster with Pinot Noir better than with any other grape, and our wines are a wonderful example of what our corner of the world can do with this touchstone variety.

Enthusiast Pass

The Enthusiast pass offers the flexibility to drop in at your convenience, no appointment necessary. Visit us in our wine store to experience this tantalizing grape!

Hidden Bench

Connoisseur Pass

We will be offering a retrospective tasting of 2 back vintage Pinot Noirs from the Hidden Bench Museum stock with conjunction with some current release Pinot Noirs with an offering of home-made Coq-au-Vin.

Enthusiast Pass

Enthusiasts will receive a comprehensive guided flight of 3 current release, single Vineyard Pinot Noirs to compare and contrast terroir if the Beamsville Bench.

Malivoire Wine

Connoisseur Pass

Earth Bound Reflections Explore the differences and similarities developed through cement ferment of Pinot Noir vs fermenting in oak cuves. We like to call this approach to Pinot Noir as “moving forward with retro- reflection”. Shiraz Mottiar, Winemaker of the Year (2017 OWA), will lead this engaging and casual discovery of blending art & science. Time spent with Shiraz is just as enjoyable as it is educational – you are sure to come away with a greater appreciation for this glorious grape variety, especially as you taste with equally reflective culinary creations.

Enthusiast Pass

With this flexible drop-in opportunity, you will have the same tasting experience as the Connoisseur Pass, exploring the comparisons of this fermentation adventure, led by our knowledgeable team.  There will also be a culinary tasting complement to the flight.

Dan Sullivan, Rosehall RunRosewood Estates & Rosehall Run

Connoisseur Pass

The distance between Rosewood Estates Winery in Beamsville and Rosehall Run Vineyards in Wellington is about 3 and a half hours by car, but while these similarly named wineries share a common goal of producing world class Pinot Noir, they do it in two of the most exciting, distinct, and dynamic winegrowing regions in the new world.

Starting with a comparative blind tasting of 2017 Pinot Noirs led by Rosehall Run winemaker Dan Sullivan and Rosewood winemaker Ryan Corrigan, they’ll discuss some of the winemaking decisions made when crafting these wines, from vineyard to glass.  Then we’ll dig deep into our cellars to share some well aged examples of Pinot to show how our winemaking styles have changed, developed, and adapted over time.

Enthusiast Pass

You’ll taste 2 samples of 2016 Niagara grown Pinot Noir – one made by Rosehall Run Vineyards, and one made by Rosewood Estates Winery.  We’ll share our experience of how Niagara Pinot Noir fares in warmer vintages, and talk about how these wines should continue to develop in bottle over time.

Tawse Winery

Connoisseur Pass

Does Size Matter? – The appeal of the Pinot Noir Magnum. Pinot Noir is one of the oldest grapes varieties in existence so why not put it into a magnum to help it age a bit longer? Join our winemakers as they explore Pinot Noir in both Standard Bottles and Magnums and see for yourself if you can taste the difference. Learn from our experts the appeal and the benefits of Pinot Noir in magnums.

Enthusiast Pass

Try our flagship Pinot Noir from both a standard bottle and a magnum, can you taste the difference?