Built on a historic site at Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Hinterbrook winery was initially the family farm of the Nickels since 1963. At first, the family grew peaches, cherries, pears and plums on the farm. It was only in 1998 that Phil Nickel came up with the idea of growing Vinifera grapes and that vision eventually led to the establishment of a winery.
Solar Produced Wine
Today, it produces several premium wines using an eco-conscious model that leaves an almost zero carbon footprint. Along with energy-efficient lighting and geothermal heating and cooling, one of the best eco-friendly features at Hinterbrook is that the winery’s electricity is supplied by a 1000 sq. feet solar panel. This panel tracks the position of the sun to meet the complete electricity needs of the winery and also produces extra energy for the local hydro grid. Other than this, rainwater collection and minimum usage of chemicals for sanitation purposes are some of the other eco-conscious steps followed here.
Eco Friendly Award Winning Wines
All this combined with the best modern technology has produced several award-winning red, rose, white and icewines over the years, such as:
- 2010 Rose
- 2010 Riesling
- 2009 Cabernet Franc Icewine
- 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
are some of the wines that have gathered accolades and awards.
You can visit this winery, take a tour, sip on flavoursome wines, learn the importance of eco-friendly methods and meet with Phil Nickel to understand his passion for wine.
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