Argentina has Malbec, Australia has Shiraz, Germany has Riesling. Canada’s classic grape variety might well be the little known Baco Noir. This French American hybrid is Canada’s answer to Pinot Noir, but maybe with a little gutsier character and rustic charm…just like the Canadians!! Ripe blueberry with redcurrants and blackberry. This wine is spicy, rich and smooth with a toasty oak finish.
Grape Variety: 100% Baco Noir
Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians: No
Pairs Beautifully With: Aged Cheddar, gamey meats, beef with horseradish or mustard. Also great with spicy foods.
Canada has 2 main wine regions – the Okanagan Valley, which lies directly north of the American vineyards of California, Oregon and Washington, and Ontario, which is a lot more ‘Old World’. Henry of Pelham is located in the latter region
In the late 18th century, Nicholas Smith great-great-great grandfather of the current Pelham family was deeded the land on which their winery sits. The winery is named after Nicholas’s son Henry, who apparently had a pretty dry sense of humour, nicknaming himself “Henry of Pelham” after a British Prime Minister. He was quite the entrepreneur, building an inn and tavern on the property and operating a toll road. He raised sheep. And grew grapes—some of the first to be planted in Canada. The tasting room and wine store are in Henry’s carriage house.
In the 1980s they replanted the vineyards with ‘old world’ vines, becoming one of only a few Niagara wineries to make premium wines from their own grapes. They have followed Sustainable Winemaking, Ontario’s world-leading standards in their farming practices since 2004. In 2017, they became one of only six wineries in Ontario to be certified by the Wine Council of Ontario as following sustainable winemaking practices from soil to shelf.