International Chardonnay Day is Thursday, May 21 this year, and Niagara is ready to celebrate. Wineries around the region have great activities planned to celebrate the world’s coolest grape, and to kick off the Summer of Chardonnay.
On May 21, you have the chance to experience Chardonnay in a number of different ways including exclusive tastings of Niagara’s best Chardonnays, delectable food and wine pairings, special purchasing offers, tours of stunning wineries, and meetings with the Winemakers that make Niagara Chardonnays so unique.
13th Street Winery – Join Sommelier Corrine Traynor to toast the excellence of Chardonnay, and experience the diversity of Chardonnay enjoyed with small savoury bites. May 21st 5:30pm-6:30pm – $20+HST, reservations required
Cave Spring Cellars – Visit the Tasting Bar during Chardonnay Day and experience the versatility of the sparkling wine Blanc de Blancs Brut paired with sweet and spicy popcorn. May 21st – May 24th – $5
Flat Rock Cellars – Enjoy a free tasting of any of Flat Rock Cellars’ current Chardonnays on the tasting bar, while enjoying stunning views of the vineyards the bar offers. May 21st
Henry of Pelham Estate Winery – Explore the influence of oak-aging and vineyard placement as you sip through a complimentary vertical tasting of the Henry of Pelham Chardonnay Collection.
Hidden Bench Vineyards and Winery – Taste your way through a special flight of Chardonnays, including library wines. During this weekend, guests will have a chance to purchase back vintage cellar chardonnays. May 21st – May 24th
Lailey Vineyard – Taste your way through five Chardonnays selected by Lailey Vineyard’s winemaker, Derek Barnett, to emphasize the versatility of this noble grape. May 21st – May 24th
Malivoire Wine Co.– Shiraz Mottiar, Malivoire’s winemaker, will be on-hand May 21st to sign all Chardonnay purchases. Share your experience on Twitter and Facebook using #myFavChardonnay to win a Special i4C weekend event – an $80 value.
Niagara College Teaching Winery – Enjoy a complimentary tasting of any of the Teaching Winery’s Chardonnays, and free shipping on any purchase of a case of Chardonnay. We are also featuring three Chardonnay and popcorn pairings.
Peller Estates Winery – Celebrate Chardonnay Day with a special tour of Peller Estates’ Chardonnay vineyards. Then taste the Ice Cuvee Classic and the current vintage Chardonnays. May 23rd and May 24th at 2pm – $10
Pillitteri Estates Winery – Visit Pillitteri Estates Winery for an exclusive tasting of the Exclamation Reserve Chardonnay.
Ravine Vineyard – Join us for a one-hour walking tour of Ravine Vineyard’s historic winery, and award-winning organic and bio-dynamic Chardonnay vineyards. Then, taste three of the delightful Chardonnays that Ravine offers. May 21st – May 24th – reservations required – $5 for Summer of Chardonnay Passport holders, $10 without.
Reif Estates Winery – Celebrate Chardonnay Day with a stop at Reif Estate Winery for a complimentary tasting of our Sparkling Chardonnay and toast to the world’s most planted grape variety. May 21st 10am – 6pm
Stoney Ridge Estate Winery – Enjoy a flight of the exceptional Stoney Ridge Chardonnay portfolio paired with a selection of cheese from the Cheese Cellar. May 21st – May 24th – Complimentary for Summer of Chardonnay passport holders.
Stratus Vineyards – Enjoy our Chardonnay, White, White flight after visiting our barrel room for a discussion on fermentation and barrel selection, featuring a barrel tasting. May 21st – May 24th Available at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm each day.
Tawse Winery – Be sure to experience the 2011 Tawse Celebration Chardonnay before it’s gone! This limited one-time blend from five different Chardonnay vineyards was bottled to celebrate the i4C. Taste the Celebration blend along with its single-vineyard components. May 21st – May 24th
Trius Winery – Enjoy the discounted flight of the Trius Showcase Chardonnays with an additional tasting of our award-winning sparkler, Trius Brut. May 21st – May 24th
Westcott Vineyards – Savour two structured tasting of three Westcott Chardonnays for the price of one. May 23rd and May 24th11am – 5pm – $10, or the tasting fee will be waived with the purchase of two bottles of wine
Tickets: visit coolchardonnay.org and enter promo code CHARDDAY. Discount disappears after Chardonnay Day