Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery
Founded in 1988 by the Speck family, Henry of Pelham is a reliable name in Ontario wine. Brothers Paul, Matthew and Daniel Speck play up their "sibling rivalry" in popular white and red blends by the same name, but the portfolio runs much deeper. Whinemaker Ron Giesbrecht knows his Niagara reds, having turned a hybrid grape called Baco Noir into a local icon, but the Riesling reserves (from maturing vines) and Chardonnays are also classics. Cuvée Catharine bubbly is quintessential Niagara; likewise, the Icewines are brilliant. A visit to the recently expanded winery is a Niagara history lesson. Picnic with local fare at the Coach House and Cheese Shoppe, and view works by local artists in the loft.