With Italian roots and a passion for wine-making, the Puglisi family are the owners the Pondview Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Operated by Luciano (Lou) and Adriana Puglisi, the wine-making tradition of the family started in Sicily, Italy and shifted to Canada when Lou’s father immigrated in 1965. The love for producing wines continued and resulted in the Pondview Estate Winery in the Niagara region. ‘Great wine is a harmony of earth and vine’ is the belief of the Puglisi family that has led to the production of their high quality wines.
Lou continued his family tradition and this winery has some of the finest wines in the region. In fact, the Ministry of Agriculture conferred upon Lou the award for the finest vineyard operator in Ontario, giving him the prestigious title of Grape King in 2008.
Their wines include:
The 2010 Vidal Icewine and 2013 Dragonfly Pinot Grigio are among the award-winning wines produced by the winery. There are various tours to discover wine and wine-making. The Bella Terra Experience is a structured tasting session in the Tank and Barrel Room and includes pairings of five wines and four artisan cheeses. Sample three wine and cheese combinations each in the Classic Cheese & Wine Pairings tour. Visit the vineyard and the Tank and Barrel room during the Pondview Tour and Tasting. You can also enjoy three wine tastings during this tour.