Welcome to the Summer of Chardonnay!

IMG_3912Chardonnay Day has come and gone, but that was just the beginning of the Summer of Chardonnay. With a Summer of Chardonnay passport, you have the opportunity to explore and savour Niagara’s Chardonnays all season long.

Twenty-four of Niagara’s wineries are offering exclusive tastings, pairings, and experiences throughout the summer with the presentation of the passport. These experiences include:

13TH STREET WINERY

Taste two distinct styles of Chardonnay paired with two distinct artisan cheeses.  Discover how vineyard site & winemaking decisions influence the remarkable diversity of Chardonnay and the food to enjoy it with.
Complimentary with presentation of passport.

ANGELS GATE WINERY

Explore the many expressions of Chardonnay as made by Philip Dowell, winemaker at Angels Gate. Enjoy a flight of four different Chardonnays, each made using different methods and fruit from different vineyards, and taste how the Bench treats this most versatile grape.
Complimentary with presentation of passport, $5 without.

CAVE SPRING CELLARS

Visit the Cave Spring tasting bar during weekends this summer to experience the diverse and distinct styles of Chardonnay that Cave Spring  produces. Enjoy a complimentary flight of our Blanc de Blancs Brut,  Chardonnay Musque and Chardonnay Estate. Available on Saturdays and Sundays.
Complimentary with presentation of passport.

CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES

Beat the heat this summer and belly up to our tasting bar!  Enjoy an exclusive tasting of our 2013 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay paired perfectly with buttered popcorn.
Complimentary with presentation of passport. $2 without passport.

FLAT ROCK CELLARS

Summer sparkles at Flat Rock Cellars – Come in for a free tasting of our 2009 Riddled – a Traditional Method sparkling wine made predominantly from Chardonnay.
Complimentary with presentation of passport.

HENRY OF PELHAM FAMILY ESTATE WINERY

Enjoy tastings from our official re-release from the Speck Family Cellars of the 2008 and 2009 Blanc de Blanc Sparkling featuring the exclusive pre-release of the 2010 Blanc de Blanc, which is not yet in market.
Complimentary with presentation of passport.

HIDDEN BENCH VINEYARDS AND WINERY

A perfect pairing – Enjoy a pair of  structured Chardonnay flights for the price of one (value $10).
2 for 1 with presentation of  passport

INNISKILLIN WINES

Get to know your way around a Chardonnay by indulging in the world’s most celebrated grape. Venture through our different styles of Chardonnay. From fresh and fruity to buttery and oaky; Chardonnay will awaken your palate. Daily at 11am, reservation required.
Complimentary with presentation of passport. $5 without passport.

JACKSON-TRIGGS

Make Jackson-Triggs the first stop of your winery touring day and explore the difference terroir makes. Sample Chardonnays from Jackson-Triggs and Le Clos Jordanne in a 30 minute exploration of how the land and soil can make a difference. Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30, reservations required.
Complimentary with presentation of passport. $10 without passport.

LAILEY VINEYARD

Visit the winery and be lead through a vertical tasting of Lailey Vineyards old vine Chardonnays form 2011, 2012, 2013. Or Or book a private Chardonnay tour and visit the vineyards and cellars, then end with the vertical tasting. Tour and tasting should last approximately one hour. Saturdays and Sundays, tour must be booked in advance.
Complimentary with presentation of passport, $10 without passport.

LE CLOS JORDANNE

Start your day with Chardonnay, and make Jackson-Triggs the first stop of your winery touring day and explore the difference terroir makes. Sample Chardonnays from LeClos Jordanne and Jackson-Triggs in a 30 minute exploration of how the land and soil can make a difference. Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30, reservations required.
Complimentary with presentation of passport. $10 without passport.

MALIVOIRE WINE

Enjoy the elegance and complexity that is Chardonnay. Begin by letting your palette dance with a sample of our bubbles; Chardonnay Musqué or the new Méthod Traditionale Bisous (Brut). Then  experience a flight that focuses on the vineyards of our owner and winemaker; Moira and Mottiar. You will be led through a back vintage, current vintage and a future release tasting. Friday – Sunday.
Complimentary with presentation of passport. $5 without passport.

NIAGARA COLLEGE TEACHING WINERY

Join us on a tour throughout of the vines of our Chardonnay. See first-hand the way our climate and soil affect our grapes while you walk the through the beauty of our vines, then taste your way through a Chardonnay flight.
$10+HST with presentation of Summer of Chardonnay passport.

PEARL MORISSETTE ESTATE WINERY

Enjoy a vertical and horizontal tasting of our single vineyard Chardonnays and learn how provenance and climate influence the delicious and distinct character of each of them. Available Saturdays by appointment only, call to book and quote Summer of Chardonnay offer.
Complimentary with presentation of Summer of Chardonnay passport.

PELLER ESTATES WINERY

Take advantage of this opportunity to experience our exclusive Estate Room with a discounted tasting flight of our current vintage Chardonnays. Learn about the winemaking techniques that delicately balance these stunning wines at the 2014 Canadian Winery of the Year! May to June: Sunday-Thursday from 12-5 pm and Friday-Saturday from 12-7 pm.  July to Labour Day: 12-7 pm daily. Reservations required.
$5 with presentation of Summer of Chardonnay passport (50% savings).

PILLITTERI ESTATES WINERY

Enjoy an exclusive Chardonnay tasting flight at Pillitteri Estates Winery. Try a sample of a few of our best Chardonnays. 10am to 6pm until May 31 then from 10am – 8pm from June 1 to September 30
Complimentary for passport holders.

RAVINE VINEYARD

Join us for a walking vineyard tour followed by a tasting of three wines and discover the St. Davids Bench sub-appellation. Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm, reservations required.
$5 with presentation of passport holders. $10 without a passport.

REIF ESTATE WINERY

Taste a flight of four Chardonnays at our chic Sensory Wine Bar. This tasting showcases the versatility of this ‘cool’ grape variety and includes a sparkling, non-oak, oak-aged and barrel fermented Chardonnay. Reservations are required – Quote Promo Code: i4c when booking.
$5 for passport holders, a $20 value.

STONEY RIDGE ESTATE WINERY

The Cheese Cellar @ Stoney Ridge has created “The Chard Board”, a delicious selection of Chateau du Bourgogne, Applewood Smoked Cheddar and Sticky Toffee Cheddar. All designed to pair perfectly with the wonder variety that is Chardonnay, accompanied by a complimentary glass of our glorious Chard. Available 7 days a week, 10am-6pm.
$15 for passport holders.

STRATUS VINEYARD

Celebrate Stratus’ 10th anniversary with us by tasting the juxtaposition of Chardonnay on its own and how it often plays the leading role of our benchmark wine – Stratus White. A flight of three will be presented including the 2012 Stratus Chardonnay alongside the 2012 and 2008 Stratus Whites.
Complimentary for passport holders.

TAWSE WINERY

Experience what Decanter magazine considers the world’s second best Chardonnay (outside Burgundy)! Taste the delightful 2011 Tawse Estate Chardonnay alongside its single-vineyard components: 2011 David’s Block Chardonnay, 2011 Hillside Chardonnay and 2011 Robyn’s Chardonnay.
Complimentary for passport holders.

TRIUS WINERY

Enjoy a discounted tasting experience in The Loft with one of our resident wine experts. Sip on some of our premium Trius Showcase Chardonnays and learn about our single barrel Chardonnay program! Available daily between 1:00pm and 7:00pm. No booking necessary.
$5 for passport holders.

TWO SISTERS VINEYARDS

An exclusive invitation to taste our 2013 Unoaked and Oaked Chardonnay alongside a barrel sample of the upcoming vintage. Guests can experience a “sneak peek” of the upcoming vintage and learn about our custom Garbellotto barrels and our unique barrel racking system.  Sunday, June 28, Sunday, July 26 and Sunday, August 23. Reservations required, 24 hours advanced notice.
$10 for passport holders (20$ Value).

WESTCOTT VINEYARDS

Two structured tastings of three Westcott Chardonnay wines for the price of one. The wines to be tasted are the Lillias Unoaked Chardonnay 2013, Estate Chardonnay 2012 and Estate Chardonnay 2013. Saturdays & Sundays, 11-5pm or by appointment
$10 for passport holders, fee will be waived with the purchase of two bottles of wine.

Don’t miss out on these unique experiences, and purchase your passport now! Celebrate the Summer of Chardonnay in Niagara with the world’s coolest grape!