New in 2017!

Now there are two ways to experience the love affair. The Enthusiast pass and The Connoisseur pass.

 

The Enthusiast allows you to visit all 9 wineries with the flexibility to drop in at your convenience, no appointment necessary. Sample specially selected Pinot Noirs with a tasty food sample at each destination.

The Connoisseur pass gives you  access to themed, in-depth tasting seminars led by Proprietors, Winemakers or others driving the local Pinot movement. Experiences range from back-vintage to future-vintage wine tastings, with a specially selected culinary sample as well as drop-in privileges at all 9 wineries. Choose your ideal seminar package and route in advance, to guarantee yourself a seat at the table.

Cave Spring Cellars

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Connoisseur Pass

Certain grape varieties require a cool climate for the best results, foremost among them, Pinot Noir. Cool, temperate growing conditions like those we enjoy in the Niagara Peninsula translate into Pinots that have an elusive finesse to them that is rare in the wine world. Join us at Cave Spring for a tasting and interactive discussion, led by a winery principal, on how some of the finest regional Pinots anywhere in the New World are coming out of Niagara.

Enthusiast Pass

Discover the stylistic differences Pinot can express when produced in two very different vintages.

Coyote’s Run

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Connoisseur Pass

The Art of Barrel Selection. Experience for yourself the art of winemaking and how the skillful use of oak barrels can influence the wines you know and love.  Join our winemaker Chris Protonentis as he tastes you through barrel selections that will come together to create our 2016 Pinot Noirs and enjoy a wine and food pairing flight!

Enthusiast Pass

Experience our terroir with a pre-release tasting of our 2015 Red Paw and Black Paw Pinot Noirs. We will be pairing these wines with a tasty food sample created by Shawn at Your Farm Gate!

Domaine Queylus

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Connoisseur Pass

Just how different is Pinot Noir from the Bench versus Lincoln Lakeshore? Come in and taste the difference with our winemaking team. We will pull 2016 barrel samples of our Bench vineyard and compare them with our Lincoln Lakeshore vineyard. The grape will teach you the difference in slope, soil and place! Come see how these two vineyards work together to make our Burgundian style Pinot Noir.

Enthusiast Pass

Join us to experience a vertical tasting of our award winning 2012, 2013, and 2014 Reserve Pinot Noirs in our tasting room.

Flat Rock Cellars

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Connoisseur Pass

Age Worthy Pinot Noir – An exploration of its evolution through the vintages. Pinot Noir is responsible for some of the world’s most coveted wines thanks to its elegant and nuanced flavour profile. Our proprietor, Ed Madronich will take you through a tasting of several back-vintage Pinot Noirs highlighting what gives a wine the ability to age and the characteristics that develop at the different stages of the maturation process. It is then up to you to decide how you like your Pinot.

Enthusiast Pass

Experience our signature Pinot Noir in its youth compared to one that has been carefully matured in our estate cellar.

Henry of Pelham

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Connoisseur Pass

Henry of Pelham Pinot Noir, 30 years in the making! 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

Join us for an exclusive sampling of Pinot Noir through the decades including past vintages and wines of today.

Hidden Bench

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Connoisseur Pass

How does Beamsville Bench terroir reflect in Hidden Bench’s Pinot Noir? Taste through different vintage Pinot Noirs from our three estate  and Pro-Cert Certified Organic vineyards with our Winemaking team to understand how terroir  defines Pinot Noir on the Beamsville Bench!

Enthusiast Pass

Enjoy a tasting of our organically grown and estate harvested Pinot Noir.

Malivoire Wine

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Connoisseur Pass

Glass of Judgment. Join the cast of our courtroom drama as the fates of three young barrel samples hang in the balance.  Each was vinified with a different twist; only one will be chosen to bottle.  Our Winemaker argues the case for each while you cross-examine, aided by wineglass and tempting food morsel. An equivalent international pinot will also be opened for corroboration.  The outcome of this trial could depend on you.

Enthusiast Pass

If you’re unable to attend our formal “hearings”, come to the tasting room.  Our wine shop experts will serve the tantalizing evidence and record your verdict.

Rosehall Run @ Coyote’s Run

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Connoisseur Pass

Join us for an introduction to Prince Edward County Pinot Noir’s. Taste three unique vintages of Rosehall Run’s premium, barrel select JCR Pinot Noir.

Enthusiast Pass

Ontario’s reputation as one of North America’s world-class Pinot Noir regions is demonstrated by the stupendous wines on offer at this year’s The Pinot Affair. Pinot Noir is an ideal grape for making regional comparisons because of its delicate nature. Low-tannin and thin-skinned, it takes on the qualities of a region that can be tasted across Niagara’s appellations as well as Prince Edward County.

Rosehall Run invites you to compare and contrast our Estate-Grown Pinot Noir even further by tasting across several vintages that exemplify the coolest of the Cool vintages vs. the slightly ‘warmer’ vintages …how does Mother Nature effect the vintage and how does the vintage effect the aging process?  Rare vintages will be tasted and we will match these special wines with a delicious food pairing.

Tawse Winery

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Connoisseur Pass

Taste the difference that a few kilometers can make! Join us as we introduce you to single-vineyard estate Pinots from the famed 2012 vintage as well as some exclusive library releases from the same vineyards. Experience how the place and time in bottle influences Pinot and discover your favourite!

Enthusiast Pass

Join us for a flight of the 2012 single-vineyard Pinots.