In the spring of 2017, passionate wine enthusiasts, whisky aficionados and hockey fans gathered to celebrate the opening of the all-new Wayne Gretzky Estates in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country. The 23,000-square foot facility nestled amongst the grapevines is the first combined winery and distillery in Ontario and another shining example of the great things that happen when The Great One is leading the team.
Wayne Gretzky Estates invites guests to join in a celebration of Canadian wine, whisky, beer and Canadian culture. Whether enjoying a beverage at home, or visiting the Estate, our products and experiences offer a collection of quiet reminders that our country is at its best when we put in the extra work to produce results that truly stand apart.
There’s always something happening at Wayne Gretzky Estates in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Choose from wine and whisky tastings with a twist, interactive classes, memorable meals, festive fetes, icy winter fun on our skating rink and so much more.
If you’d prefer to take in all the excitement from the stands, that works too. Pull up a comfy chair at The Whisky Bar, let our mixologist pour you something to sip on and just sit back and watch all the fun unfold.
1219 Niagara Stone Road
10 AM - 9 PM Daily
Tastings and experiences available daily by reservation.
The Whisky Bar Patio
11:30 AM - 9 PM Sunday - Thursday
11 AM - 9 PM Friday & Saturday'
The Beer Garden
11:30 AM - 9 PM Sunday - Thursday
11 AM - 9 PM Friday & Saturday
Winemaker, Craig McDonald
A good coach knows how to stack a team, and Craig McDonald’s unfaltering commitment to excellence rivals that of the man for whom he now crafts wine.
As the founding winemaker and creator of Wayne Gretzky Wines, Craig has played a pivotal role in creating the family of wines that Canadians have come to love. His attention to detail from vineyard to cellar has earned him Ontario Winemaker of the Year awards in both 2008 and 2016.
Whether he’s in the vineyards to check if the grapes are ready for harvest, or tweaking blends in the cellar, creating wines that Wayne Gretzky will be proud to call his own is always top of mind for Craig.
Master Distiller and Brewer, Tim Wilson
An Australian native, Tim Wilson has been involved in alcoholic beverage production for the better part of two decades. Having completed his BsC in winemaking at Deakin University in Australia in the mid 2000’s, Tim soon after started working in both the Australian and Canadian wine industries, before making the jump to spirits production at the newly built Wayne Gretzky Distillery in 2017.
Tim has worked in a vast array of production facilities across the world and has an intimate understanding of beverage alcohol operations in all sized facilities as well as immense sensory knowledge in the beverage alcohol industry.
Tim now oversees production in the Niagara-on-the-Lake distillery, and also takes care of blending and maturation of the Wayne Gretzky Estates spirits. Tim is currently studying to complete his MsC in Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University in Scotland.
Having the Wayne Gretzky winery, distillery & brewery under the same roof allows Tim to work closely with Senior Winemaker, Craig McDonald, to execute a unique portfolio of products. From beer brewed from the same grains as whisky, to whisky finished in Icewine and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels to Estate-exclusive artisanal craft wine spirits, Tim and Craig prove that blending the worlds of wine, whisky and beer can have some truly delicious results.
Estate Mixologist, Zac Kvas
When you saddle up to The Whisky Bar at Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery, be prepared for the cocktail that Zac Kvas and his team creates for you to taste unlike anything you’ve ever sipped before.
Before joining the Wayne Gretzky Estates team, Zac was a mixologist at one of Canada’s most buzzed about farm-to-table restaurants. He also spent time working in the vineyards and barrel cellar of a Niagara-on-the-Lake winery. Those experiences created a respect and passion for local Niagara ingredients that elevates his wine and whisky cocktails to a whole new level. A swirl of maple syrup, a splash of fresh-pressed apple juice, a fat wedge of a just-picked peach — in Zac’s cocktail playbook, anything that’s local and delicious is fair game. You can also catch him whipping up cocktails on The Marilyn Denis Show and CHCH.