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Riverview Cellars Estate Winery

Riverview Cellars Estate Winery

Riverview Cellars started as a family affair, and still very much remains a family affair.

Vineyards wouldn’t be much without the land, and as many winemakers can tell you, the land wouldn’t be much without water. We grow our grapes adjacent to the Niagara River on a premium parcel of land in Niagara-on-the-Lake. We knew from the first walk through the vineyard that its terroir was special. Though subtle, the topsoil variations impart unique thumbprints on the grapes. The soil closest to the Niagara River is a pliable, silty loam. Further West the soil becomes a denser, clay loam. That density increases in small patches of tougher clay before closing out the vineyard with fertile sandy loam. Typically, tougher soil helps to control vine vigour, especially in wet years.

Currently, approximately 22 acres of the property are under vine in 16 demarcated blocks at an average density of 900 vines/acre. We like to focus on French and German cool-climate white varietals, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurztraminer. The vineyard is also outfitted with the primary Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.

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