With scenic vineyards and wineries, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a popular destination for oenophiles during the summer months. With new wineries frequently opening in the region, there is always something to do or a vineyard to explore. One of the newest additions to the Four Mile Creek appellation is Pondview Estate Winery. Family owned and operated, Pondview Estate (who makes the official wine of Canada’s Grey Cup) has embraced the traditional art form of Sicilian grape growing and winemaking. By capturing the harmony between earth and vine, Pondview Estate Winery is recognized as a creator of some of the finest wines in the Niagara region.
Drawing on more than three generations of winemaking experience, Pondview Estate Winery has cultivated a warm and inviting environment that makes visitors to the vineyard feel right at home. (The close-knit staff that clearly enjoy their work definitely helps to create that atmosphere.) Owner and winemaker Luciano Puglisi crafts his Ontario VQA wines, rooted in his Italian heritage, with such enthusiasm and reverence for the winemaking process that he earned the title of Grape King in 2008 — an award given by the Ministry of Agriculture to the finest vineyard operator in Ontario.
At the winery, visitors can attend events like harvest parties, VIP tastings, wine and cheese pairings, painting lessons (with wine of course), chocolate-making and wine pairing, and winemakers’ dinners. After tasting Pondview Estate’s wines, you can linger in the tasting room or enjoy a full glass of wine on the veranda.