Explore Wine Country Ontario with these special events

In addition to the “main events” of i4C weekend, there is a wide selection of smaller, more intimate events being hosted at wineries throughout Niagara. At these events, guests are invited to hone in on a particular cool subject, pair cool Chard and great food, meet international travellers visiting Niagara for i4C, or just get up close and personal with our own winemaking bright lights! Or all of the above!

Whether you only choose one of these special opportunities, or you add one to your i4C itinerary, you’ll be joining the Coolest of the Cool for a great wine country experience!

(Each host winery is handling their own events and ticketing, so you’ll notice the ticketing links below will take you off the i4C website. And while we attempt to keep up to date on event sell-throughs, the individual wineries have the final word on availability.)

 

Chil-On in the Cellar

Cave Spring Cellars, Jordan Village

Saturday, July 22, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Taste outstanding Chilean and Ontario Chardonnays as Cave Spring welcomes guest winery Maycas del Limari from Chile’s cool, maritime-influenced Limari Valley. Escape the summer heat for a very cool afternoon in Cave Spring’s century-old cellars as we delve into some of the America’s best examples of cool-climate Chardonnay. Relax and savour Chilean and locally inspired light bites paired with wines, specially created by Inn on the Twenty Chef, Jason Williams.

$45  Ticket link

 

Nomads Luncheon

Norman Hardie Winery (held at Wismer Family Farm, Vineland)

Saturday, July 22, 10:30am – 3:00pm

Join Norman Hardie (Norman Hardie Winery), Thomas Bachelder (Bachelder Niagara), Mackenzie Brisbois (Trail Estate) and Jean-Benoit Deslauriers (Benjamin Bridge) for an afternoon feast of Shells, Chardonnay and Game Birds in the Wismer Tractor Shed at the Wismer family farm, cooked by superstars John Bil (Honest Weight) and Charlotte Langley (Scout Canning). This is a true grower lunch celebration celebrating all things Canadian. Norm, Thomas and Mackenzie will be showcasing two vintages each of Chardonnay crafted at the Wismer farm. Our great friends from the East Coast producer will start off this relaxed celebratory lunch with their acclaimed bubbles.

$135  Ticket link

 

Taste of Terroir

Peller Estates Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Saturday, July 22, 10:30am – 2:30pm

Join us at Peller Estates this i4C weekend to learn about and taste your way through three unique international cool climate regions with our winemaking team as well as international guests from Hahn Family Winery (Napa, California), Chamisal Vineyards (Edna Valley, California) and La Maison de Vigneron (Jura, France).

Sip on a glass of bubbly while you mingle with fellow aficionados before sitting down to a 4-course lunch from Chef Jason Parsons with a menu designed to complement wines from our international guests as well as our own award-winning VQA portfolio.

Reserve your seat now to avoid disappointment. $110 per person, plus taxes and gratuities.

$110  Ticket link

 

Organic Wine Allies

Southbrook Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Saturday, July 22, 11:00am –  1:00pm OR 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Meet winemakers from 4 cool climate appellations, and taste thrilling, organic Chardonnays. Emiliana Organic Vineyards [Chile], Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards [Nova Scotia], Sperling Vineyards [Okanagan Valley, BC] will join Southbrook for a casual, intimate tasting. Each winery will offer 2 selections, and guests will enjoy a platter of Chardonnay-friendly food. Choose between two sessions.

$40  Ticket link

 

Everything You Wanted to Know About Barrels

Tawse Winery, Vineland

Saturday, July 22, 11:30am or 2:30pm

Join us in the cellar at Tawse Winery for a structured barrel tasting of single-vineyard Chardonnay. We will demonstrate the impact of barrel aging and compare and contrast the effect of cooperage, toast level and time in the barrel. We will finish off in our private tasting room with a vertical tasting of single-vineyard Chardonnay, highlighting the changes in oak regimen based on vintages.

$25  Ticket link

 

House of Chards

Trius Winery at Hillebrand, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Saturday, July 22, 10:30am – 2:30pm

Join us at Trius Winery during i4C weekend for the House of Chards tasting & dining event. We will be welcoming international ‘delegates’ Artesa (Napa, California) and Mer Soleil (Santa Lucia Highlands, California). Starting the celebration off with a Trius Brut sparkling reception, mingle with our international guests, along with Trius Winemaker.

Each winery will then present a selected Chardonnay and guide you through a rotating tasting in three of our signature spaces. Finally, meet our Executive Chef Frank Dodd as he presents a four-course lunch to pair with cool climate wines from our guests and our own award-winning portfolio.

$97  Ticket link

 

Chardonnay Lunch with Bolete

Westcott Vineyards, Jordan

Saturday, July 22, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Join Westcott Vineyards and a surprise visiting guest in celebrating all things Cool Climate Chardonnay with a specially themed lunch created by Executive Chef Andrew McLeod of Bolete Restaurant.

$150  Ticket link

 

Cork Dork (Sold Out)

Westcott Vineyards, Jordan

Saturday, July 22, 10:00am – 11:30am

Cork Dork def\n: This is a person who talks about wine very seriously. They use adjectives such as “sexy”, “attractive”, “complicated”, “tempermental” and “promising” to describe wine. Cork Dork Tour & Tasting def\n: A small group of wine lovers taking a hike through the vineyards with Grant and Garett Westcott followed by a special tasting.