I can now say I’ve met a king. Well, the 2012 Grape King specifically. This past weekend Dan and I took our Discovery Pass to Fielding Estate Winery. Their wine and food pairing was enticing and the chance to meet an actual Grape King provided an opportunity too good to pass up!
Parking the car we noticed they had strategically placed the outdoor tent to maximize the visitor’s experience. Music strummed quietly from inside while the smell of food grilling and wine being poured tickled our noses. It became quite clear where our first stop needed to be.
For Niagara Wine Festival 2012, Fielding Estate Winery was sampling their new 2010 Cabernet Syrah paired with fall inspired mini gourmet smoked tomato and Niagara Gold grilled cheese sammies from August Restaurant. With wine poured and sammies fresh from the grill, Dan and I grabbed a seat to take in the view.
Fielding Estate Winery is located on peaceful, sloping hills in Niagara’s Beamsville Bench with distant views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline. Some wineries can feel choked or don’t lend themselves well to aerial experiences; Fielding is not one of them. Here you are greeted with a stunning vista without making any effort other than getting out of your car. If you want an even better view, head inside to the balcony and have a seat on one of their Muskoka chairs while you absorb the splendour.
Founded by Ken and Marg Fielding in 2005, today their son Curtis and his wife Heidi operate Fielding Estate Winery. The winery is relatively new, with the high-quality VQA vinifera vines only having been planted in 2001. Fielding was the most decorated winery at the 24th annual Cuvée Awards, taking home gold medals for its 2010 Estate Bottled Pinot Gris, 2010 Viognier and 2010 Cabernet Franc. Given this decorated past it should come as no surprise that Curtis Fielding was named the 2012 Grape King.
When we spoke with Curtis he was extremely friendly, humble and quick to open the door to invite each guest. Chatting with Heidi showed us that the passion for their life and home within the winery is paramount. It was busy but a terrific kind of busy with all faces smiling and everyone in good cheer.
It was a great visit and a beautiful start to our Niagara Wine Festival 2012 journey. Stay tuned as we cover more wineries and events!