David Johnson, our winemaker, has added ‘shepherd’ to his job description. Each year, sheep are brought into the Featherstone vineyard for a brief period to do leaf removal on the vines and provide weed control. Sip on our famous Featherstone Estate Black Sheep Riesling and enjoy a vineyard tour that is unique in Canada.
Tour lasts about 45 minutes. Three wines will be tasted. Please wear appropriate footwear to meet the sheep (high heels will be regretted). We recommend calling ahead with a credit card number to reserve: 905-562-1949.
Summer 2009: A handful of winemakers lounged in lawn chairs around a summer fire celebrating the success of one of their own. They gathered to raise a toast to the Canadian wine that had just triumphed at the 2009 Cellier Wine Awards in Montreal. In Canada’s own version of Bottle Shock – a Niagara wine won the prestigious award, surpassing Burgundian and California Chardonnays in a blind taste test. (The wine: Claystone Terrace Chardonnay 2005 from Le Clos Jordanne.) The significance of this win wasn’t lost on those celebrating, and the wheels were turning as the glasses were swirling. These winemakers have long believed that Chardonnay – one of the most widely cultivated varietals in Ontario – is deserving of a renaissance… It’s resilient and refined. It can be steely or floral, complex or focused. It expresses terroir better than any other grape we grow. And when Chardonnay is complemented with a bit of cool – cool by altitude, by latitude, by marine influence or by climatic conditions – and can create magical wines that can easily refute the already waning “ABC – Anything but Chardonnay” movement.
The outcome of that impromptu backyard celebration is a much bigger one – the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (the “i4C”). Twenty-eight Ontario wineries started the not-for-profit group in April 2010, devoted to reinstating the dignity of Chardonnay. Over the past three years, this group has invited premium cool climate Chardonnay producers from across the globe to join the cause, presenting some of the finest examples of cool climate Chardonnay in the world at the annual event. In this short time, the i4C has created a home for excellence in Chardonnay – a casual but in-depth weekend celebration of wine, food and learning, with an eye to reinvigorating a seriously cool wine. It’s time for Chardonnay to return to centre stage. It’s time for the re-birth of Cool… The events will take place at the following locations: Friday, July 22 - 8:30am - 11:00pm at the Niagara District Airport, Saturday, July 23 - 10:00am - 11:30pm at Ridley College, Sunday, July 24 - 11:00am - 2:00pm at Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery. Please call (905-401-2023) for further information on tickets.
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 08:30 to Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 14:00
Welcome to Susannah’s Southern Smoke Barbeque at Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery. Pitmaster Michael and Sue-Ann Staff invite you to the winery to experience locally made Southern BBQ and estate bottled VQA wines. Share a table with family and friends this summer as you take in the Niagara Escarpment vineyard vistas from garden side. Sink your teeth into some mouth-watering and succulent Susannah’s Southern smoke cuisine! Hickory smoked southern ribs, Pulled pork sandwiches, Best barbeque beans, Southern inspired salads, Campfire corn. Garden Side Dining. Wines by the glass. Reservations recommended for tables of 6 or more. Water/iced tea/cola/diet cola, Take-Out offered