Six lucky people joined us, The Wine Ladies, on our private wine tour during the Niagara Icewine Festival in January 2018. We had held a social media contest in December and our winner unfortunately broke her leg and couldn’t make it, so last minute, we brought along some of our favourite peeps for this event! We had an amazing day! It was a very special VIP experience.
An unexpected visit from the President and winemaker himself, Brian Schmidt.
Cuttings from the St Urban vineyard plantings of the Weis 21 Clone Riesling grow its own roots in water from a grape picked and sliced in the vineyard. President and Winemaker of Vineland Estates Winery Brian Schmidt explains how normally one would take an existing root stock and graft onto it, but not his Dad! Brian is still amazed at the enthusiasm his seventy-seven year old Dad has for the vineyards and the precious clone of Riesling Weis clone 21. Unbeknownst to Brian his father walking the vineyards in December took a few grapes and a shoot of this now prolific Riesling clone to check on how his son Brian’s vines were doing. Awesome,still going and growing strong and beautiful, and after three generations the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as Brian’s passion and enthusiasm is echoed in every word he too speaks about Vineland Estates Winery, the vineyards and the clone!
Weis 21 Clone Riesling was first brought to Canada and planted in 1979 by the founder Hermann Weis. Winemakers add complexity to their wines by blending different clones of the same grape on different root stocks. Of the three clones planted in Ontario Weis 21B is the most widely used which was first propagated in a Mosel nursery by Hermann Weis.
Now open as the showcase for Diamond’s family of VQA wines, The Lakeview Wine Co. is a 3,000-square-foot tasting centre and retail shop with a unique architectural and interior design that creates a welcoming atmosphere, and a new wine tasting and learning experience.