Estate: Committed to creating a legacy for the generations to follow him, 3rd generation wine grower Gary Pillitteri founded the Pillitteri Winery in 1993. Gary began working in the vineyards alongside his grandfather and father in his native Sicily, and carried his passion for viticulture to Canada. Initially he and his wife grew fruits and vegetables on the estate, but in 1998 Gary decided to experiment with making a small batch of Vidal Icewine. Upon winning a gold medal right out of the starting gate, Gary decided to plant vines and open a winery. Today there are just over 100 acres of vineyards, and Gary’s grandchildren [who grew up working in the vineyards] are managing the export side of the winery, establishing themselves as the 5th generation of the Pillitteri winemaking family. Alongside their renowned Icewine, [which is currently receiving many accolades in the UK] the estate also crafts traditional Niagara wines such as Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
Tasting Notes: Garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, strawberry, jalapeno and baking spices. Silky smooth with soft tannins, cherry, blackberry and green bell pepper flavours culminate in a cozy finish of cinnamon and black pepper. Friendly and straightforward, a good accompaniment to a wide variety of simple dishes.
Pairing Suggestions From the Winery: Good for an everyday sipping red, or works well with pizza, pasta or burgers on the BBQ.
Blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot
$13 [Canadian Dollars]