Colaneri Estate Winery

True expressions of northeastern Italian winemaking

Get transported to Italy while in Niagara wine country at the Colaneri Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Owned and operated by the Colaneri family, the winery’s Romanesque style piazza, and wines crafted in Appassimento style will remind you of its Italian heritage. Spread over 40 acres, the estate winery has a range of full-bodied wines that will satisfy every wine connoisseur.

Colaneri Estate Winery Grounds

The Colaneri family’s Niagara vineyard and winery on St. David’s Bench is a testament to their passion for wines. The 31,000 square foot building with a “C” shape provides the perfect setting with beautiful vineyard views.

 

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A part of it is still under construction and when complete it will also have a magnificent fountain in the centre of the property. Even in its unfinished state, the beauty of the building and the landscape is breathtaking.

Colaneri Appassimento Winemaking Process

 

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Almost all the wines barring a few are made in Appassimento style. This means that the grapes are thinned out on the vine and later, during harvest they are hand-picked and kept in a greenhouse for drying. Air circulation inside the greenhouse dries out the water in the grapes leaving only the juice. These grapes are then processed and the Appassimento process makes the wines full-bodied, rich and flavoursome.

Choose from a range of white wines, red wines and specialty wines at the winery. You can enjoy tasting sessions and also buy bottles at the retail store. The artistic wine labels are as interesting as the wines, and each has a story behind it.

Colaneri Wine Styles

As for the wines, the white wine collection includes Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Grigio. Those who prefer red wines can taste the heady flavours of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Red Blend, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and the Ripasso Style wine. Specialty wines such as Vidal Icewine, Cabernet Franc Icewine, Riesling Icewine and others too are available.

Colaneri Wine Tasting

 

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Tasting sessions at the winery give you a chance to savour these delightful wines from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Taste five wines for $10.00 per person. And if you choose to buy wine, these fees are waived. If you prefer an Amarone style tasting or would like to do an icewine tasting, there is an additional charge of $5. This fee is also waived with the purchase of wines. During summer, you can also relish a wood-fired pizza along with a glass of wine. Private tastings are available from Monday to Friday.

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348 Concession 6 Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada

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Levis, Canada

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Perfect tasting with Chris Colaneri. Lots of explanations and answered all our questions. Wine is as excellent as our first and second visit. We’ll be back!

Guywilltravel

Toronto, Canada

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We were a group of three and set up our own tour. We visit the region 3 or 4 times per year. This was the second of four stops for this visit. This winery has been one of our favourite stops for...

Broadlake

Calgary, Canada

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Did a wine tasting with my girlfriend and had a great experience. The architecture style of the building was beautiful and our host (Debbie) during the wine tasting was great to talk to and very...

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