Passion is the heartbeat of Colaneri Estate Winery. A family owned and operated winery that hand harvests only the finest grapes to produce premium VQA award winning wines. The winery is beautifully surrounded with its vineyard on the St. David’s Bench in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Their winemaker, Andrzej Lipinski, captivates that passion by creating full-bodied wines made in the traditional Italian appassimento method including a large portfolio of red, white and dessert wines. A new series has been introduced made in the “recioto” style of making dessert wines.
The c-shaped 31,000-square-foot winery honors the family name and features a taste of Italy. The family designed it in a Romanesque style, reminiscent of the streets of Tuscany. Nestled among the 25 acres of vineyards, it rises amid the vines like a coliseum, majestic and timeless. Floor-to-ceiling arched windows bathe the interior with light and allow for stunning panoramic views of the property and picturesque landscape. From the retail store, patrons can see the production area and all of its exciting processes. Colaneri Estate Winery is a tribute to heritage and the traditions the family holds dear. In fact, each varietal was selected by a family member and corresponding labels were made to represent a distinctive attribute or trait about that person. The wine labels are etched in the style of Leonardo da Vinci, each telling an aspect of the family story.
With Italian names adorning the labels, guests and wine enthusiasts enjoy the wine and get to know the family as each label is unveiled. There is a story behind everything we do including our logo.
Frosolone, Italy. It was there in those humble beginnings that, a handsome man, Joseph Colaneri, set his sights on a beautiful woman, Maria from the same “paese”, town. She took one look at those blue eyes and especially his curly hair and she was “innamorato”…in love. We always got a chuckle over the fact Papa lost his hair shortly after they married in 1951. Thank goodness their marriage lasted a lot longer than his hair so the story could continue!
They were blessed with two sons, Michele (Mike) and Nicola (Nick). In 1967,the new world beckoned with possibilities, dreams and the promise of good things to come. After many years of hard work and perseverance, the family acquired a 40 acre vineyard where Colaneri Estate Winery now stands. Ma and Papa Colaneri took great joy in tending to the vines all year long. There was a sense of peace and accomplishment in seeing the vines prosper under their care.
Mike and Nick married sisters, Angiolina (Angie) and Liberina (Betty) and all lived together on the vineyard. Later, with their children, Tara, Michael, Nicholas and Christopher they continued to teach the importance of hard work and dedication. They were difficult times, but some of the happiest as everyone was together. The Colaneri Family, today, is determined to do Joseph and Maria proud. It is in their honour and memory that we are inspired to continue the tradition that crossed the ocean to the new world. Da paese a nuovo mondo. Tradition, the driving force of our passion for family, life and all it encompasses. We sincerely hope that you enjoy our wines and experience the passion that went into the making of them.
Address: 348 Concession 6 Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, L0S 1J0