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Leonard Pennachetti, President and CoFounder Cave Spring Cellars.

Cave Spring Cellars, The House That Riesling Built! Up Close And Personal With Len Pennachetti

Up next on this week’s audio podcast we welcome just awarded the 2017 Niagara Lifetime Achievement Award, President and Co-Founder Cave Spring Cellars, Len Pennachetti. Although much too young for this honour it however shows what he has accomplished and given to the area.

Listen to Len at 13:49 minutes in the audio podcast.

Niagara Icewine Festival audiopodcast Jan 2019 Facebook
Niagara Icewine Festival audiopodcast Jan 2019 Facebook
Cave Spring Cellars located in Jordan Village, Niagara.

Cave Spring Cellars goes back multiple generations starting with Len’s grand-dad Giuseppe Pennachetti. He came to Canada from Fermo, Italy. At that time he followed his love of wine and in time planted the native Labrusca grape. He however knew much more was possible!

Cave Spring is a hidden historical treasure that lies within the heart of #JordanVillage. Long before Cave Spring put down roots in the village, Jordan Wines occupied the historic building. Established in the early 1920s, they produced wines made from native grape varieties. Not quite the world renowned wines Ontario has now gained a reputation for.⁣
Cave Spring is a hidden historical treasure that lies within the heart of #JordanVillage. Long before Cave Spring put down roots in the village, Jordan Wines occupied the historic building. Established in the early 1920s, they produced wines made from native grape varieties. Not quite the world renowned wines Ontario has now gained a reputation for.⁣

Cave Spring Cellars is known for being among the first to plant the vitas vinifera grapes Riesling and Chardonnay. The vineyards are situated on one of the finest slopes of the Beamsville Bench. Len and his father founded Cave Spring Cellars in 1974 and planted these noble grapes in 1978.

Cave Spring Cellars 2016 Chardonnay Estate paired with @delaterrebakery Butternut Squash Galette.
Cave Spring Cellars 2016 Chardonnay Estate paired with @delaterrebakery Butternut Squash Galette.

Believing in the marriage of wine, food and hospitality, Len together with his wife Helen Young expanded the company to include On The Twenty Restaurant in 1993. In 1996 they and later added accommodations to the equation with building of Inn On The Twenty.

Inn On The Twenty located in the heart of Jordan Village.
Inn On The Twenty located in the heart of Jordan Village.
According to Len, "Riesling icewine is icewine off steroids!"
According to Len, “Riesling Icewine is Icewine on steroids!
Cave Spring Cellars recently chosen by the prestigious Wine and Spirits Magazine as one of the Top 100 Wineries of 2018. The only Canadian winery to have this honour.
Cave Spring Cellars recently chosen by the prestigious Wine and Spirits Magazine as one of the Top 100 Wineries of 2018 in the entire world. The only Canadian winery to have this honour.

On This Weeks The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast…The Niagara Icewine Festival 2019

Dori Andrews

Twenty Valley “not just Icewine” festival comes to life with great wine, food and fun.

Sweet, sparkling and sensational wines poured all week-end long at the inaugural Twenty Valley Winter WineFest ” not just Icewine” festival Jan 16th/17th 2010.Taking place during the 15th annual Niagara Icewine Festival, this year’s organizers in Twenty Valley wanted to offer all of the wineries in the region an opportunity to participate as not all make Ontario Icewine.

Twenty Valley's Winter Wine Fest, Dori Andrews.

Twenty Valley’s Winter WineFest, Dori Andrews.

Over 50 wines poured by 29 wineries were enjoyed, “The Jordan Ice Bar has been very successful, but we wanted to create something that is distinctly Twenty Valley – an event that better showcases the variety of premium wines available here”, announced Dori Andrews. The decision proved to be a fabulous one as over 4000 visitors descended on the quaint village of Jordan to enjoy of course Ontario Icewine ( otherwise known as liquid gold) as well as some of Ontario’s best sparkling and premium VQA wines.

We had so much fun that day moving from winery to winery and culinary station to culinary station all to a back drop of local live jazz entertainment, breathtaking ice sculptures and roasted chestnuts all adding to a festive outdoor atmosphere. All of this captured on video here.

Some of the highlights included a visit with wine maker Rob Power from another Canadian legend Wayne Gretzky. Rob shared a glass of Estate No 99. 2006 Shiraz Icewine with us.

Rich and luscious in the mouth it was a perfect start to an already beautiful Canadian winter day with promises of delicacies to be enjoyed all day long.

Sue Anne Staff, the unofficial Icewine Queen.

Sue Anne Staff, the unofficial Icewine Queen.

We were also caught up in the excitement as Sue-Ann Staff otherwise known as the “unofficial official Icewine Queen” appeared brimming with pride with her newly opened winery Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery merely a few months old. Having been making Icewine for years for other wineries she decided to open her own label and has struck a chord with her 2008 Cabernet Franc Icewine. “Come on Sue-Ann pour the wine”, exclaimed Georgia as we enjoyed chatting with this accomplished winemaker and entrepreneur.

President Len Pennachetti takes The Wine ladies through a flight of Cave Spring Cellars wines.

President Len Pennachetti takes The Wine Ladies through a flight of Cave Spring Cellars wines.


Donald Ziraldo drops by for a chat

Sweet, Sparkling, Sensational Celebrity Chef Icewine Brunch Contest, Twenty Valley Winter WineFest