“Riesling is a perfect example of a wine we make that is better than anywhere else in the world. The variety of sugar and sweetness from dry to medium sweet make it a match for any palate.”
—Shelley, LCBO Product Consultant, St. Catharines
“I make handcrafted wine jellies with locally sourced wine. I think people are always surprised by how good our local wines are. I love Niagara Chardonnay and the oakier the better; Trius has a really nice one and I really enjoy Gretzky’s Chardonnay.”
—Tracy Hanson, owner, Tracy’s Wine Jellies, Niagara-on-the-Lake
“I sell my sommelier glasses in a few different Niagara wineries, like Strewn Winery. Their Riesling is really nice, especially on a hot day. Niagara wineries also do Icewine really well.”
—Steven Woodruff, owner, Studio Vine Glass, Niagara Falls
“We showcase Niagara VQA Wines against international wines at our restaurant to show how amazing they are. The first wines I started doing pairings with were from Stratus. They're super great value and quality for the price.”
—Ryan Crawford, chef/owner, Ruffino's Pasta Bar & Grill, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Located in the Niagara Lakeshore sub-appellation, where a long growing season produces wines with ripe fruit flavours, Strewn is one of Ontario's 13 certified sustainable VQA wineries, whose planet-friendly winemaking methods help keep our province green.
By crafting wines with 100% local grapes, Ontario VQA wineries including Trius, support local growers. And that support extends beyond the bottle: at Trius Winery Restaurant, Chef Frank Dodd shines a spotlight on local farmers and artisanal producers with Niagara-inspired, farm-to-table menus that change with the seasons.
Wayne Gretzky Estates
Gretzky’s winery is in the sub-appellation of Four Mile Creek, a lush plain in central Niagara-on-the-Lake where a wide variety of grapes thrive, thanks to the area's warm, sunny days. Sales from the hockey legend’s products support the Wayne Gretzky Foundation, which recently partnered with the Canadian Paralympic Committee.