A quaint winery located in the heart of Beamsville, Ontario, Thirty Bench was ranked the best small winery of the year. Surrounded by vines, heavy with grapes, Thirty Bench can be found on Mountainview Road, a long stretch, filled with a collection of other terrific wineries.
At Thirty Bench, they focus on what the vineyard does best and that’s growing Riesling and classic red varietals on vines managed for small yield with maximum fruit intensity. Sweet and complex in flavour, Riesling is a refreshing wine, perfect to sip on in the late afternoon. If you’re a fan of Riesling, their Small Lot Riesling is an award winner and can be found at your local LCBO. On the other hand, their red varietals are rich, full bodied and are delectable with red meat. Taste-test their 2010 Small Lot Benchmark Red for a remarkable red wine that you won’t be able to put down.
Take a walk around the property and you’ll find yourself in their store and tasting lounge, which is cozy, yet sophisticated, surrounded by beautiful vistas with a vineyard out every window. When you sit down in the lounge, you will be greeted by a tasting guide who will get an idea of your wine preferences and make the perfect suggestions for you. No matter what type of wine you like, you’ll find a new favourite at Thirty Bench.
Thirty Bench Winemaker, Emma Garner won “Wine Maker of the Year” in 2015 at the Ontario Wine Awards. She was recognized for her dedication to the excellence of production across all wines and for the collection of wine awards and contribution she has made to the industry as a whole.
Wineries aren’t just perfect places to visit in the summer; Thirty Bench offers a variety of events and experiences throughout the year. In the winter, the region celebrates Niagara Icewine Festival, applauding the distinctly Canadian delicacy. Make a day of it and explore the beauty of the Wine Appellations of the Niagara Peninsula.