A brand new entrant in the thriving winery scene in Niagara-on-the-Lake, The Hare Wine Co. is already making its presence felt with its wonderful range of wines. Niagara-on-the-Lake is famous for its lovely wineries and amazing wines and The Hare Winery scores well on both fronts.
The vineyard is situated on a designated specialty crop area and the property it is situated on has a historical connection as well. When Colonel John Butler’s Rangers disbanded at the end of the American Revolution, many of the men were bestowed land in Niagara as a token of appreciation for their contribution. The property that The Hare stands on was given to Nathanial Hanes by the crown on May 16, 1798 and deeded as Lot 171. He was one among several inhabitants who ventured into farming on the fertile land in Niagara. And it is on this bountiful land that The Hare continues to produce grapes that have resulted in a fantastic range of wines.
Located in the Niagara Peninsula wine appellation, the terroir of the area is suitable to grow tender fruits as well as premium vinifera grape varieties. The Hare produces 100% Canadian VQA wines that are balanced and bold blends. Premium varietal Icewines too are part of this new winery’s wine portfolio.
Just like the land it is situated on, the hare–an animal from which the winery derives its name–is also a symbol of fertility and good luck. The winery with its elegant architecture stands out even from a distance. Some of the wines here include:
You can visit the winery’s tasting bar and retail boutique between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in season and till 6 p.m. otherwise. Walk in at any time during the visiting hours without a prior reservation or appointment. As of February 2017: For $5, you can savour any 3 samples of the winery’s table wines and for $15, you can enjoy three dessert wine samples.
The friendly and knowledgeable staff are always available to help you with your queries. Besides tasting the wines, you can also buy bottles of the fine wine at the retail store. Gourmet food products as well as local artisanal items too are available for purchase. You can also take a tour of the estate.
If you are visiting Niagara-on-the-Lake, head to The Hare Wine Co., the new entrant on the winery block and enjoy some incredible wine!
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