From Pelee Island to Niagara to Prince Edward County, Southern Ontario’s wine-producing pockets are home to a bounty of vintners that craft high-quality Pinot Noirs, Rieslings, Icewines and much, much more. Every Wednesday throughout the summer, Where Toronto profiles an Ontario winery whose bottles are worth seeking out, and whose vineyards are definitely worthy of a day trip from the big city.
This week’s Ontario winery:
CATTAIL CREEK ESTATE WINERY
Founded in 2006
Owned and operated by The Dyck family
Winemaker: Susan Rissling
How many varieties of wine do you produce?
A range to entice many different palates such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and an assortment of dessert wines.
What are your three most popular wines?
Riesling, Pinot Noir and Serendipity Rosé.
Does the winery offer tours?
Tours are from June 1 to September 30 at 11 a.m. daily; cost is $7 per person.
What other amenities are on site?
There is a tasting bar where guests can taste all of the wines we produce. We also offer a picnic in the vineyard program from May to October that includes a selection of meats, cheeses, antipasti, hummus, a baguette and homemade cookies for $15 per person. You can add a glass or bottle of wine as well, which you can take into the grounds.
Tell us something people typically don’t know or understand about wine production.
Vintage variation. The beautiful thing about wine is that it’s so dependent on the growing conditions of each year, and that is part of the wonderful enticement of wine. Every year gives you a whole new batch of wines to enjoy and discover; they’re never the same. Each year gives it’s own beauty and fingerprint to the wine.
What is one piece of advice you’d offer someone wishing to have a better experience with wine?
Never doubt yourself. Wine is persona. What one person tastes will be entirely different than what you taste. It’s determined by who we are. My experiences growing up and the food I ate will be very different from anyone else, and that impacts how we taste wine. And wine is a living and breathing entity. Just like we change as we mature, does wine. There is always something different to discover every time you open the wine. Enjoy and grasp the differences. They give the wine character. If you’re looking for consistency, drink water.